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Weekly Update - NASA Education
  August
 
 

Elementary and Secondary Education

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

NASA Hosts Successful Advanced Rocketry Workshop
MSFC
POC:  Julie Clift,
julie.d.clift@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The NASA Advanced Rocketry Workshop was held July 18-21 in Huntsville, Ala. The workshop provides interested teams with project requirements for the NASA Student Launch Projects, details on developing high-powered rockets and payloads, and NASA Education’s goals and objectives. At the workshop, participants attempted National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Level 1 certification in Manchester, Tenn. More than 50 participants attended the workshop representing 16 middle and high schools, one 4-H organization, and 15 colleges and universities from 19 states plus Puerto Rico.

Developed in partnership with the Alabama Space Grant Consortium, these workshops are open to participants from any college or university in the U.S. and middle and high school teams who have placed in the top of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) or the Rockets For Schools (R4S) competitions.

Upon completion of the optional ARW, new and returning teams will be sent a Request For Proposal (RFP) in August. Selection of the 2012-2013 NASA Student Launch Initiative (SLI) and NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) teams will be made in late September. After a series of reports, presentations and requirements, teams will travel to Huntsville for launch week activities April 17-21, 2013.
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/sli
 

Smart Skies training at California State University East Bay
ARC
POC:  Rebecca Green,
Rebecca.A.Green@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Aeronautics Research
On August 1, the NASA Ames Smart Skies project lead conducted a two-hour professional development workshop for 18 teachers enrolled in a graduate level course at California State University East Bay in Hayward, CA. During the workshop, the teachers were introduced to all three Smart Skies products: FlyBy Math, LineUp With Math, and Sector 33.
http://smartskies.nasa.gov
 

Solar system classroom visit for autistic students
JPL
POC:  Rachel Zimmerman Brachman,
Rachel.Zimmerman-Brachman@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Rachel Zimmerman Brachman conducted a classroom visit about planets in our solar system for a group of 23 students, most of whom are high functioning autistic students in grades 2-4. The classroom visit was held at Carpenter Community Charter School in Studio City, California. Students asked questions about the planets and saw a demonstration of the "Eyes on the Solar System" website. They participated in a scale model of the solar system activity, and answered questions about each planet.
 

Center Funded Programs

MSFC and United States Space and Rocket Center Celebrate the Landing of Curiosity
MSFC
POC:  Dr. Susan A. Currie,
susan.currie@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) partnered with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) to observe and celebrate the Mars Science Laboratory’s (MSL)landing of the rover “Curiosity” with a week of activities. The museum was transformed with “Mars as Art” images returned by spacecraft from NASA and the European Space Agency, which were selected for their aesthetic value.

Dr. Barbara Cohen, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center planetary scientist, was the featured speaker at NASA MSFC’s “Pass the Torch” lecture on Thursday, August 2, from 5 - 6 p.m. at USSRC’s Davidson Center theater. Dr. Cohen talked of NASA’s exploration of Mars, from Pathfinder to Spirit and Opportunity to the Mars Curiosity rover. Approximately 200 visitors participated in the Pass the Torch lecture.

NASA MSFC and the USSRC hosted a Mars Snoozeum, an overnight sleepover to celebrate the MSL Landing Event from 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th, until 8 a.m. on Monday, August 6th . MSFC Academic Affairs and the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications staff worked with museum staff for the Mars Snoozeum event. One hundred guests gathered to view the landing of Curiosity. While at the museum, the guests participated in Mars exploration activities, viewed the video “Seven Minutes of Terror,” heard from NASA subject matter experts and had a midnight snack in the Mars Snack Bar. Children attending the event created their own Mars as Art paintings and participated in hands-on, engineering design challenges prior to Curiosity’s touchdown. Families grabbed a few hours sleep under the Saturn V rocket before enjoying a pancake breakfast and viewing the images Curiosity provided from the surface of Mars.
 

MSFC and U. S. Space & Rocket Center Celebrate the Landing of Curiosity
MSFC
POC:  Dr. Susan A. Currie,
susan.currie@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) partnered with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) to observe and celebrate the Mars Science Laboratory’s (MSL) landing of the rover “Curiosity” with a week of activities. The museum was transformed with Mars as Art, images returned by spacecraft from NASA and the European Space Agency, which were selected for their aesthetic value.

Dr. Barbara Cohen, MSFC planetary scientist, was the featured speaker at Marshall's “Pass the Torch” lecture on Thursday, August 2, from 5 - 6 p.m. at USSRC’s Davidson Center theater. Dr. Cohen talked of NASA’s exploration of Mars, from Pathfinder to Spirit and Opportunity to the Mars Curiosity rover. Over 200 attended this event.

Kristen Erickson and Dr. Steven H. Williams of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, on assignment from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum visited USSRC on Friday, August 3 to debut the release of the new app 365 Space. Space Camp graduates were able to try out the new application.

NASA MSFC and the USSRC hosted a Mars Snoozeum, an overnight sleepover to celebrate the MSL Landing Event from 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th, until 8 a.m. on Monday, August 6th . MSFC Academic Affairs and Public Outreach staff worked with museum staff for the Mars Snoozeum event. Approximately 100 guests participated in Mars exploration activities, viewed the video “Seven Minutes of Terror,” had a midnight snack in the Mars Snack Bar, and viewed the landing of Curiosity. Children attending the event created their own Mars as Art paintings and participated in hands-on, engineering design challenges.
 

Discussing Engineering Careers
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On July 31, seventy 6th and 7th grade students and eight educators visited Memorial City Park (Upland, CA), to discuss engineering careers. They were given a series of photos depicting different engineering disciplines. In small groups they discussed what type of engineer would do the work and what other careers might be involved. The class came together to discuss the results and ended with students sharing which career they found interesting and might be interested in pursuing.
 

Picturing Engineering Careers
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 7/31/2012, forty-seven students (and 10 educators) at Diamond Elementary School (Santa Ana, CA), were given a series of photos depicting different engineering disciplines. In small groups they discussed what type of engineer would do the work and what other careers might be involved. The class came together to discuss the results and ended with students sharing which career they found interesting and might be interested in pursuing.
 

Teachers in Space Attend Suborbital Astronautics Workshop
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 8/2/12, JPL Elementary and Secondary Education staff presented to 36 high school science teachers and staff taking part in a NASA-funded Teachers in Space week-long Suborbital Astronautics workshop organized by the Space Frontier Foundation and hosted by XCOR Aerospace in Mojave, Calif. The presentation and discussion centered on the Mars Curiosity mission and the science instruments on board. Additionally, a JPL astronomer presented about galactic energy and the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program (NITARP) at Caltech.
 

K Through 12 Educators Attend Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification at Columbia Memorial Space Center
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 8/11/2012, twenty-six k through 12 educators attended a Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification at Columbia Memorial Space Center (Downey, CA). NASA makes actual lunar samples from the historic Apollo missions available to lend to teachers. Educators must attend this certification workshop to bring the excitement of real lunar rocks and regolith samples to their students.
 

Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Airborne Science MIssion Teacher Workshop
GSFC
POC:  Linda Sherman,
linda.a.sherman@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
There will be 14 middle school teachers that will participate in a workshop at Wallops Flight Facility on the NASA Hurrican and Severe Storm Sentinel Study (HS3). The teachers will be able to include the information and future data in their weather and earth science units. The HS3 investigation is a multi-year airborne field campaign funded under NASA's Earth Venture program. HS3's goals are to improve understanding of the atmospheric processes that play a critical role in the formation and intensification of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean basin. HS3 will use two of NASA's unmanned high-altitude, long-endurance Global Hawk aircraft. One aircraft will sample the environment of storms while the other will measure inner-core (eyewall and rainband) winds and precipitation. The last 2-days of the workshop will focus on WETMAAP resources with additional participants from North Carolina.
http://www.nasa.gov/wallops
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/missions/hs3/news/hs3.html
 

August 10 NASA IV&V ERC Making the Invisible Detectable
LRC
POC:  Pam Casto,
erc@ivv.nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
During the morning session of Mercer County’s Geek Week, the ERC covered topics involved in the Electromagnetic Spectrum. In order to make the invisible detectable, participants used spectroscopes, radios, and infrared and ultraviolet detectors to explore the properties of the electromagnetic spectrum. Geek Week participants learned how scientists use different components of the spectrum to observe the physical and chemical properties of various space objects such as black holes and galaxies.
 

August 10 NASA IV&V ERC Planetary Geology
LRC
POC:  Pam Casto,
erc@ivv.nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
As a part of Mercer County’s Geek Week, the ERC provided a Planetary Geology workshop. Participants studied the surface of planets in the solar system to get an idea about when and how the planets were formed. Participants engaged in hands- on activities to study craters, volcanoes, and geologic features on Mars from data obtained by NASA spacecrafts.
 

August 21 through August 22 NASA IV&V ERC 4H Robots and Ratios Workshop
LRC
POC:  Todd Ensign,
erc@ivv.nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Participants at the NASA IV&V Facility ERC learned to program LEGO robots using MINDSTORMS NXT-G software while using proportional mathematics and Video- based Science and Engineering curriculum. This workshop helps educators teach math, science, and 21st Century Skills.
 

NASA Explorer Schools

Before and Afterschool Programs for Success Informal Educators Attend NASA/JPL Summer of Innovation Explore Your Curiosity Training
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
August 11, Highland, Calif., Fifty-five San Bernardino City Unified School District Creative Before and Afterschool Programs for success informal educators attended a NASA/JPL Summer of Innovation Explore Your Curiosity training. Educators learned about the environment and geology of Mars and received 30 hours of NASA educational activities with which to engage underserved and underrepresented students. After learning about Mars, students will design a tabletop model of a Mars settlement for 100 people
 

Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP)

The Aerospace Education Services Project Presented a NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Workshop to "Science Stars" Teachers
SSC
POC:  Steve Culivan,
stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) presented a NASA STEM professional development workshop, “NASA In the Classroom: The Science of Exploration” to 5th grade teachers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The teachers were from the East Baton Rouge Parish school district and were participating in the Louisiana Department of Education “Math Science Partnership (MSP) - Science Stars” program. The AESP workshop session focused on NASA exploration of Earth and our solar system that integrated NASA missions, data, and STEM education curriculum and online resources.
 

The Aerospace Education Services Project Presents a NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Webshop via NEON
SSC
POC:  Steve Culivan,
stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) presented an online NASA STEM professional development webshop, “Our Solar System: A Model Overview”, to 4th-9th grade educators via the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON). This online workshop integrated NASA curriculum, missions, data and resources exploring our solar system by modeling teaching strategies and NASA classroom curriculum. The webshop was also a component of the AESP, in collaboration with the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA), “Teacher Learning Journey (TLJ)” pilot. The “Teacher Learning Journey” is a new approach to individualized, online professional development. The program identifies ways teachers can improve student learning in their classrooms through successive content and pedagogy offerings online. Teachers accomplish growth by assembling a set of self-selected activities specific to their individualized and targeted professional development goals.
 

“Volcano in Your Backyard” Mt. Rainier National Park Teacher Workshop
ARC
POC:  Brian Hawkins,
brian.j.hawkins@nasa.gov
On August 23-27, 2012, an Ames based NASA Aerospace Education Program Specialist (AESP) attended, assisted with activities, and provided NASA curriculum instruction during a week-long teacher workshop hosted by the Washington State Cascade Volcano Observatory (CVO) and the Mt. Rainier National Park Service (NPS) Education outreach Department in Ashford, WA. During this 4-day long workshop (A Volcano in Your Backyard) eleven teachers from around Washington State and six informal educators/NPS staff participated in a variety of student activities focusing on the geology, earth science, volcanic hazards, and the natural history of the Mt. Rainier National Park region. This workshop is an annual summer workshop but the first time AESP has partnered with these organizations. All the participants received either “clock hours“ or university credit for this training.
 

Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars
ARC
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
July 24 and 25, Ames education specialist with NASA Aerospace Education Services Project supported the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars (ISAS) visit to NASA Ames Research Center. NASA specialist facilitated 2 days of laboratory and simulation tours across the NASA Ames campus. Participants included 36 high seniors from across the state of Idaho, 8 teacher/mentors from Idaho school districts and Idaho Department of Education people. Students had all completed an online course focusing on aerospace topics during their junior year in high school. These students along with their teacher mentors visited NASA Ames and met with NASA scientists, engineers, laboratory techs, interns and asked hundreds of questions on their path to designing a crewed mission to Mars.
 

NASA Educator On-line Network (NEON) Webinar
ARC
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
On July 26, Ames education specialist with NASA Aerospace Education Services Project facilitated one in an ongoing series of NEON educator professional development webinars. NASA specialist presented a NASA education guide “On The Moon: NASA Design Engineering Challenge” and activity entitled “Touchdown”. The 15 participants who joined the webinar included educators and students from ten US states. Demonstrated NASA activities and materials were aligned with state curriculum goals in the areas of science, math, engineering and technology.
 

The Aerospace Education Services Project Presents a NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Webshop via NEON
SSC
POC:  Steve Culivan,
stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) presented an online NASA K-12 STEM educator professional development webshop, “Toys In Space”, via the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON). This online workshop integrated NASA curriculum, missions, and resources exploring Newton’s Laws of Motion, microgravity and the International Space Station (ISS) by modeling classroom activities utilizing in-flight videos of astronauts demonstrating common toys’ behavior in the microgravity environment.
 

The Aerospace Education Services Project Presents a NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Webshop via NEON as Part of the AESP/NSTA Teacher Learning Journey Pilot
SSC
POC:  Steve Culivan,
stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) presented an online NASA 4th-12th grade STEM educator professional development webshop, “Exploring Our Earth From Above”, via the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON). This online workshop integrated NASA curriculum, missions, data and resources exploring remote sensing, Earth imaging and Earth maps by modeling NASA STEM classroom activities. The webshop was also a component of the AESP, in collaboration with the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA), “Teacher Learning Journey (TLJ)” pilot. The “Teacher Learning Journey” is a new approach to individualized, online professional development. The program identifies ways teachers can improve student learning in their classrooms through successive content and pedagogy offerings online. Teachers accomplish growth by assembling a set of self-selected activities specific to their individualized and targeted professional development goals.
 

AESP Supports Civil Air Patrol Cadet and Family Member Planetarium Training
ARC
POC:  Brian Hawkins,
brian.j.hawkins@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
On August 1, an Ames based NASA Aerospace Education Specialist (AESP) provided an evening aerospace education training class for Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets, senior cadet leaders, and family members at the local planetarium on the campus of the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. This training used NASA materials and “hands on” activities to supplement the approved CAP aerospace curriculum and highlighted the Mars Science Lab “Curiosity” landing mission. During this session twenty (20) cadets from grades 6-12 were in attendance as well as thirty-two (32) senior cadet leaders, parents, and family members.
 

AESP Supports Nevada ERC Summer In-service Workshop Training
ARC
POC:  Brian Hawkins,
brian.j.hawkins@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
On August 2, an Ames based NASA Aerospace Education Program Specialist (AESP) provided a full day of instruction in support of the Nevada NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) on the campus of the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, NV. The Specialist helped facilitate telescope training with other presenters from local Astronomy organizations and assisted during planetarium programs. Workshops activities, state standards based curriculum, and NASA educational materials related to NASA’s science directorate were highlighted. Additional AESP guided topics included “on-line” NASA training websites, NASA smart phone “apps”, and “Curiosity“ Mars mission student activities. Twenty (20) teachers were in attendance for this annual ERC hosted training.
 

NASA Educator On-line Network (NEON) Webinar
ARC
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
On August 1st, NASA Ames education specialist with Aerospace Education Services Project facilitated a NASA Educator On-line Network (NEON) professional development webinar for six K-12 educators, one parent and a student representing five states (CA, NC, NY, SD, WY). The one hour webinar focused on an activity entitled “Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars” examining craters and channels on Mars’ surface.t
 

Webinar: SoI Indiana Association of the United Way, Inc.
ARC
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
On August 2nd, NASA Ames education specialist with Aerospace Education Services Project facilitated a webinar for the Summer of Innovation project through the Indiana Association of the United Way. The webinar reached twenty K-8 students at the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County Indiana and focused on the NASA activity entitled NASA Design Engineering Challenge: Touchdown!”
 

Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium and Wyoming Science Posse
ARC
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
On August 7-10, NASA Ames education specialist with Aerospace Education Services Project will support the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium and the University of Wyoming Science Posse educator workshop. The NASA specialist will help facilitate 3 days of NASA education lessons and activities for up to 45 teachers expected from across Wyoming.
 

The Aerospace Education Services Project Presents a NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Webshop via NEON
SSC
POC:  Steve Culivan,
stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) presented an online NASA 4th-12th grade STEM educator professional development webshop, “Exploring Our Earth From Above”, via the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON). This online workshop integrated NASA curriculum, missions, data and resources exploring remote sensing, Earth imaging and Earth maps by modeling NASA STEM classroom activities. The webshop was also a component of the AESP, in collaboration with the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA), “Teacher Learning Journey (TLJ)” pilot. The “Teacher Learning Journey” is a new approach to individualized, online professional development. The program identifies ways teachers can improve student learning in their classrooms through successive content and pedagogy offerings online. Teachers accomplish growth by assembling a set of self-selected activities specific to their individualized and targeted professional development goals. This was the final webshop to close out this pilot.
 

NASA Ames “Curiosity” Landing Event
ARC
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
On August 5th, NASA Ames education specialist with NASA Aerospace Education Services Project supported the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” landing event held at NASA Ames Research Center. NASA specialist assisted with the education booth and facilitated a “Curiosity” landing activity for the duration of the event. Participants in the “Curiosity” activity included approximately 600 children/students grades K-12. Students designed, build, tested and remodeled their “Mars landers” to retain a marble in a small cup when dropped. The landing activity was adapted from the NASA/PBS “On the Moon” education guide activity “Touchdown”.
 

Wyoming Science Posse Educator Workshop
ARC
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
On August 7-10, Ames education specialist with NASA Aerospace Education Services Project supported the Wyoming Science Posse’s educator workshop held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium supported both the workshop and the NASA specialist’s travel. NASA specialist presented numerous NASA activities during three days of workshop including: Earth/Moon scale, Mission Geography, NASA/PBS “On the Moon”, Global Positioning System, “Mars Uncovered” and the NASA Rocket Guide. The 44 participants included (10) K-4, (7) 5-8, (10) 9-12, (13) university graduate students, and (4) university faculty. Demonstrated NASA activities and materials were aligned with state curriculum goals in the areas of science, math, engineering and technology.
 

Marshall Connects with Science Center of Iowa Summer Camp
MSFC
POC:  John Weis,
john.f.weis@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
On August 17th, an Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) education specialist from Marshall Space Flight Center connected with the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines through the Digital Learning Network (DLN) for their summer space camps. During the 1 hour session, two groups of 45 students from grades 2 through 8 spoke with the specialist about NASA exploration and STEM careers and asked general questions about NASA and space.
 

Aerospace Education Specialist, AESP Rick Varner JE*SS Editorial
LRC
POC:  Priscilla Williams,
priscilla.williams@nasa.gov
AESP Education Specialist Rick Varner published an excellent, read worthy editorial in the "Journal of Experimental Secondary Science" for the July 2012 issue. The article is titled "Connecting High School Students to Opportunities with NASA". Copy and paste this link to review the article http://www.jes2s.com/varner_nasa_editorial.html.
 

American Geological Institute (AGI) Workshop at Johnson Space Center
JSC
POC:  Lisa Roberts,
lisa.roberts-1@nasa.gov
Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) hosted the American Geological Institute (AGI) workshop on August 6-10, 2012. Teachers from across the country attended the weeklong workshop and participated in hands-on activities related to Earth Science and Mars Curiosity. During the event, teachers worked with specialist on hands-on activities they could take back and use both in the classroom and to train their fellow educators. To enhance the lessons, they had the opportunity to speak with subject matter experts and to visit labs related to the day’s subject. At the end of the week during our closing dinner, we had many compliments and request to come back for other workshops, but one teacher pulled us aside and expressed her thanks. She said and I quote, “Thank you, this was a great workshop, but most of all you have made me cool. When I get back to school and tell my students about my summer, show them the pictures and we do the lessons. I will be extremely cool to all my middle school students. So Thank You NASA, you have officially made me COOL!”
 

The Aerospace Education Services Project Presents a Summer of Innovation STEM Educator Training Webinar
SSC
POC:  Steve Culivan,
stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) presented an education curriculum training webshop, “Mass vs. Weight: A Heavy Duty Concept”, to educators participating in the NASA Summer of Innovation National Partnership at the Indiana Association of United Ways, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana. This online workshop integrated International Space Station astronaut education videos exploring Newton’s Laws of Motion that focused on the NASA curriculum, “Mass vs. Weight”.
 

Texas Region III Gifted and Talented Conference in Victoria, TX
JSC
POC:  Kay Tobola,
kay.w.tobola@nasa.gov
What we explore, how we explore, and why we explore our solar system were the overarching themes for a 5 hour professional development at the Texas Region III Gifted and Talented Conference in Victoria, Texas, on August 21, 2012. AESP was invited to provide content, resources, and teaching strategies for the 45 educators from 15 South Texas area school districts. Using the Mars MSL mission and Curiosity as the starting point, educators considered how we get from classroom instruction to asking questions to designing and implementing research.
 

Education Flight Projects

Wattsburg Area School District Students to Contact ISS via Radio
JSC
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
Wattsburg Area School District in Erie, Pennsylvania has been slated for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, October 19 at 16:11 UTC via telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. NASA astronaut Michael Fincke has been invited to attend the event. The contact will stimulate interest and participation in extracurricular activities including the Robotics Club, Astronomy Club, Amateur Radio Club, Science Olympiad Team and others.
 

ARISS Contact to be held with Nava De Abajo Students
JSC
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CRA Pozohondo, Nava De Abajo (Pozohondo), Spain is preparing for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact to be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 09:26 UTC via telebridge station LU8YY in Argentina. Students are learning about astronomy, photography and radio communications among other topics. The ARISS contact will be one of the hands-on activities highlighting these subjects.
 

PACIFICON to Host ARISS Contact
JSC
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact is planned for PACIFICON, Santa Clara, California on Saturday, October 13 at 18:57 UTC. Station IK1SLD in Italy will handle the radio hook-up. PACIFICON is the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Pacific Division annual convention which is hosted and organized by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC). PACIFICON 2012 will be held October 12-14 and will host the 2012 ARRL National Convention and Exposition. Over 2,500 amateur radio enthusiasts are expected to attend. The PACIFICON Youth Program provides STEM educational goals which will include hands on radio operation, electronics kit building and soldering classes, Ohm’s Law, orbital mathematics, CubeSat satellite design, and popular radio transmitter T-Hunts. The ARISS contact will be integrated into the Youth Program to demonstrate earth to space communications and to inspire youth attending the event to consider STEM-related careers.
 

FIRST LEGO League Championship Team Visits JSC
JSC
POC:  Kelly McCormick,
kelly.mccormick-1@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
The top placing U.S. team from the 2012 FIRST LEGO League World Festival traveled from Massachusetts to Texas for a 2-day JSC visit. This year's FIRST LEGO League competition focused on food safety and the students used the "Food for Thought" curriculum materials that were developed through the Stennis Space Center Education Office in collaboration with Teaching From Space. While at JSC, student team members and their families met with scientists and engineers who work with and research food safety and robotics. The students also presented their winning design to a panel of astronauts who provided feedback and chatted with the students about future goals.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/robotics
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/first-championship
 

Preparing for Education in Space
JSC
POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The Teaching From Space Office conducted an Education Payloads Operations training with Astronaut Karen Nyberg. The training session provides an overview of Education Payload Operations. Karen will be involved in filming and conducting lessons from space onboard the International Space Station to inspire a K-12 audience. In addition to living and working in space, these lessons include topics related to science, technology, engineering, and math.
 

Girls from WE@RIT Camp Speak with Sunita Williams in Space
JSC
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
Fifth and sixth grade girls attending the “Everyday Engineering” camp at Kate Gleason College, sponsored by the Women in Engineering @ Rochester Institute of Technology (WE@RIT) in New York took part in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Monday, July 23. The girls talked with on-orbit astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB who currently holds the record for longest space flight by a woman. The contact highlighted camp activities that focus on engineering-based themes to teach the engineering design process through hands-on build and design activities. This year’s camp theme is “World in Motion.” Also attending the contact were students from the grade 7-9 camp (held two weeks ago), the students attending this week’s RoboCamp, and the Lil' Kids on Campus Space Week kids. ARISS is an international educational outreach program which offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station.
 

Astronaut Appearance Office Supports Education Outreach
JSC
POC:  Kelly McCormick,
kelly.mccormick-1@nasa.gov
The Astronaut Appearance Office (AAO) and Teaching From Space are collaborating to point educators towards NASA Education resources. When the AAO is unable to support a request for an astronaut, they issue a standard declination letter. Together, the AAO and Teaching From Space have revised the letter to include information about other NASA resources, including projects that bring NASA subject matter experts into classrooms. This collaboration is part of an ongoing effort to leverage the impact astronauts have on students and teachers.
 

ARISS Contact Featured at Scout Space Jamboree
JSC
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
Scouts attending Space Jam 6, which was held at the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum in Rantoul, Illinois, participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with ISS astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI on Sunday, August 5. Hoshide was able to answer 22 space-related questions posed to him by the scouts before losing the radio connection. Space Jam focused on “The History of Aviation” this year and offered lessons on Space Exploration, Radio, Aviation, Electronics and Robotics among other STEM topics. Approximately 1000 scouts, leaders and parents turned out for Space Jam this year. ARISS is an international educational outreach program which offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.
 

East Falmouth Elementary School to Host ARISS Contact
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
East Falmouth Elementary School, East Falmouth, Massachusetts will take part in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, October 26 at 17:40 UTC. Using NASA resources, students are learning about the solar system, global climate changes on Earth and the advances in science and technology generated by space exploration.
 

Indiana Students Look Forward to ARISS Contact with ISS Astronaut
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
Cumberland Elementary School, West Lafayette, Indiana has been slated for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) on Tuesday, October 30 at 17:35 UTC. The contact will be integrated into a curriculum covering topics on space research, robotics and engineering. Other activities planned include night sky observations, model rocketry and electrical circuit projects.
 

Swiss Students to Radio ISS
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact will be held with Primarschule Aesch in Forch, Switzerland on Friday, November 2 at 13:47 UTC. The contact will complement a science curriculum covering astronomy and spaceflight.
 

ARISS Contact Slated for Luxembourg School
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
St. George’s International School in Luxembourg has been slated for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Monday, October 8 at 10:47 UTC via telebridge station W6SRJ in California. Primary and secondary students will take part in the contact and related activities to learn about electricity, astronomy and physics. Satellite engineers will visit the school and give presentations to the children.
 

South Florida Science Museum Plans for ARISS Contact
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education, Under-Represented
South Florida Science Museum (SFSM), West Palm Beach, Florida is slated for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, October 30 at 15:58 UTC. SFSM and the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Club, WPBARC, which maintains a radio station within the museum, will work with area teachers to provide educational content to students emphasizing NASA, the ISS and amateur radio. The primary target audience will be underserved, at-risk youth, ages 11-15.
 

ARISS Contact to be held with New York Students
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for Southern Tier Catholic and Archbishop Walsh Academy, Olean, New York on Tuesday, October 30 at 15:13 UTC. The contact is part of a comprehensive education plan which will involve students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)subject matter.
 

Cradle of Aviation Museum to Host ARISS Contact
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, New York will participate in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Monday, November 5 at 14:18 UTC. The contact will be integrated into a science curriculum covering space exploration, radio communications and rocketry.
 

Spinning with Lego in Microgravity
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POC:  Teresa Sindelar,
teresa.m.sindelar@nasa.gov
The Phase Two Lego Bricks in Space payload operations have begun on the International Space Station. On August 8, 2012, astronaut Suni Williams, assisted by astronaut Joe Acaba, performed the first of four of the Phase Two operations. This particular activity required the astronauts to program the Lego Bricks Spinner model using the new robotic software from Lego Education called Lego WeDo. The Lego WeDo software is designed to engage elementary students in the process and procedures of robotic programming. The activity is designed to program a motor to start on the Lego Bricks Spinner model and release an object, while testing the model’s motion sensor. The activity requires Williams to explain how motion sensors work both on Earth and in microgravity and explaining Newton’s First Law of Motion. The video will be posted, along with supporting educational materials for elementary students, at www.legospace.com.
http://www.legospace.com
 

Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide Radios Wada Elementary School
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
On Thursday, August 16, an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact was held between students attending Wada Elementary School in Nagawa Town, Japan and Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, aboard the Space Station, which highlighted a comprehensive education plan covering space, astronomy and radio communications. The event drew an audience of approximately 120 students and guests and garnered extensive media coverage including six television stations and five newspapers. ARISS is an international educational outreach program which offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.
 

STEM Lesson From Space
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POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
On August 7, Teaching From Space facilitated a physics lesson from space. Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide demonstrated orientation on the International Space Station. This demonstration is one of the Education Payload Operations (EPO)demos developed by Teaching From Space in an effort to enhance STEM education. EPO demos utilize the sustained microgravity environment of the ISS to teach STEM concepts to K-12 students. Video footage of this demonstration will be used on NASA education websites.
 

Post-Flight Debrief with Astronauts Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers
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POC:  Becky Kamas,
annamarie.r.kamas@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Teaching From Space participated in a downlink debrief with astronauts Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers. Pettit and Kuipers served as flight engineers onboard the space station for Expeditions 30 and 31. During the debrief, crewmembers provide feedback regarding their experiences related to downlinks. Downlinks are 20-minute conversations between astronauts on-orbit and students on the ground. Downlinks are designed to encourage students to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
 

YouTube Space Lab Experiments on the International Space Station
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POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The YouTube Space Lab experiments are complete. The zebra spider - "Cleopatra" and the red backed spider "Nefertiti" arrived on the International Space Station on July 28. The experiment required Astronaut Suni Williams to monitor the hunting methods of the spiders who, on Earth, jump to catch their prey. The objective is to determine if and how the spiders adapt to the microgravity environment over a two week period. Williams also spent time activating the bacteria experiments and photographing the results. The results of the experiments will be revealed during a 40 minute live event on the YouTube Space Lab channel in September. Until then find out general information about the experiments' time in space as Williams blogs from space at http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/newui/blog/viewpostlist.jsp?blogname=swilliams
www.youtube.com/user/spacelab
 

Post-mission Astronaut Debrief
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POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The Teaching From Space Office participated in the post-mission debriefing session of Astronauts Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers on August 16. While aboard the ISS, Pettit and Kuipers participated in three Education Payload Operations (EPO) demos. The demos included explanations of the orbit of the ISS, and volume on the ISS, and optical properties of a sphere of water. The video footage of the demos has been edited and posted to the STEM on Station website. The demos are developed by Teaching From Space to enhance STEM education.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation
 

Students Make Connection with Akihiko Hoshide on ISS
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POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
Students from the Institute for Education on Space, Wakayama University in Wakayama, Japan spoke with on-orbit Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI via an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) contact on Sunday, August 26. The contact highlighted science lessons about space, satellites and radio waves. ARISS is an international educational outreach program which offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.
 

Supporting Astronauts with Electronic Resources
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POC:  Kelly McCormick,
kelly.mccormick-1@nasa.gov
The Teaching From Space (TFS) Office is working with the Astronaut Office to provide education related electronic resources to support astronaut public appearances. The electronic media is housed on the internal Astronaut Appearances website where astronauts visit to view and accept appearance requests. Due to popular demand, the first TFS resource posted is a series of International Space Station focused slides which include general ISS information as well as specific ways educators can engage students in hands-on ISS learning opportunities. The education related resources are part of an electronic library designed to provide astronauts with quick and easy access to audience relevant content.
 

Teaching From Space Collaborates on Radiation Space Lesson
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POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
On August 28, Teaching From Space facilitated a radiation lesson from space. Astronaut Sunita Williams demonstrated radiation detection techniques on the International Space Station and talked about the importance of ISS radiation research to future space exploration missions. This demonstration is one of the Education Payload Operations (EPO)demos developed by Teaching From Space in an effort to enhance STEM education. This demo was developed in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). EPO demos utilize the sustained microgravity environment of the ISS to teach STEM concepts to K-12 students.
 

Astronaut Suni Williams Connects to Ohio Students
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POC:  Becky Kamas,
annamarie.r.kamas@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Teaching From Space facilitated a live, in-flight education downlink between students at Wickliffe Progressive Community School in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and Astronaut Suni Williams onboard the International Space Station. The students asked Williams questions about living and working in space. Williams demonstrated microgravity by performing multiple flips, floating objects, and playing with her food. Downlinks support a comprehensive suite of education activities proposed by host organizations to enhance student learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
 

Astronauts Set to Talk with Students Live from the Space Station
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POC:  Becky Kamas,
annamarie.r.kamas@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Studenst in Cleveland, OH, will participate in a special Blast Back to School event held at WVIZ, the local PBS affiliate. The highlight of the event will be a live downlink with astronauts Joe Acaba and Suni Williams. Acaba and Williams are both currently serving as Flight Engineers aboard the International Space Station and will be answering student questions about living and working in space. Also featured in the program are Ray Lugo, Director of the Glenn Research Center and Astronaut Greg (Box) Johnson.
 

YouTube Space Lab Collimation to be aired live on YouTube
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POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
On September 13, the collimation of the YouTube Space Lab competition will be aired live on the YouTube Space Lab channel. The forty-minute live program will begin with host Bill Nye interviewing the global winners and special guests via Google+ Hangout and feature the story of Space Lab told through videos since its launch in October 2011. The highlight of the program will be a NASA facilitated, live conversation with Astronaut Sunita Williams and the student designers of the winning experiments.
http://www.youtube.com/user/spacelab
 

Learning Technologies Program

NSTC Subcommittee on Digital Gaming Technology
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POC:  Daniel Laughlin,
daniel.d.laughlin@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, Informal Education, eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The National Science and Technology Subcommittee on Digital Gaming Technology held its first full meeting in the Eisenhower Building on the White House grounds on July 27. Leland Melvin (NASA) and Russ Shilling (DARPA) co-chaired the subcommittee with Daniel Laughlin (NASA/MSU) as executive secretary and Constance Steinkheuler as White House OSTP representative. Appointed subcommittee members represented the Commerce (NOAA), FBI, CIA, Transportation, Interior, EPA, USAID, NSF, Education, USDA and the Smithsonian. Members reviewed the subcommittee charter, set goals for FY13, discussed federal game resources and planning.
 

NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future Program

Classroom of the Future Supports Curiosity Mission
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POC:  Janis Worklan,
jworklan@cet.edu
The NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future supported on a few fronts the public dissemination and education efforts for the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars Aug. 6. The Classroom of the Future, located at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV, supported NASA’s Digital Web Streaming Group, providing the primary high definition web streaming service for NASA TV during Curiosity’s landing. In the early morning hours the group had a peak viewership of more than 1.2 million at landing, with the Classroom of the Future serving 743,522 HD and iPhone streams. The Classroom of the Future also provided technical setup and operational support for NASA Edge live stream events from England and for Glenn Research Center’s special programming before the mission. The total concurrent HD Flash stream for the 24 hour period on Aug. 6 was 2,194,789 viewers. In addition, the NASATalk website created and managed by the Classroom of the Future is offering a web collaborative dedicated to the mission. The resource is packed with images, links, and files pertaining to the mission. The center also promoted a digital badging game through NASATalk, the Mars Curiosity Activity, which allows users to learn about some of the investigations Curiosity is undertaking.
http://nasatalk.com/collaboratives/robotics/mars-curiosity-rover.html
http://www.nasatalk.com
http://www.starlightbadges.com
 

Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research and Education Experiences (INSPIRE)

INSPIRE Online Learning Community (OLC) Award
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POC:  Steve Chance,
steven.h.chance@nasa.gov
INSPIRE’s Online Learning Community (OLC) team was recognized as a finalist in a recent Desire2EXCEL Impact Awards competition. The Award recognizes organizations and institutions that have used Desire2Learn (D2L) technology to deliver learning experiences having an extraordinary impact on teaching and learning service to students, leadership, and institutional effectiveness
 

INSPIRE Unconference
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POC:  Steve Chance,
steven.h.chance@nasa.gov
36 INSPIRE Online Learning Community (OLC) students from 14 states are attending an “Unconference” being hosted at KSC July 31 to August 2. They will be participating in hands-on workshops, presentations, career discussion panels, tours, and Visitor Complex experiences. Each student is accompanied by a parent. This event is at no cost to NASA as participants are paying their own expenses to attend.
 

Real World/In World Design Challenge
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POC:  Steve Chance,
steven.h.chance@nasa.org
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The “RealWorld/InWorld” (RW/IW) Design Challenge is a joint education initiative of NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and USA TODAY Education. It builds on the successful SIGHT/INSIGHT and No Boundaries design challenges developed by USA TODAY and NASA and the Virtual Exploration Sustainability Challenge (VESC) developed by NIA and NASA. Both educational initiatives were based upon NASA themes and content for students in grades 9-12 to enhance students’ skills, proficiency, and interest in problem-solving and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Challenge provides students in grades 8 -12 from throughout the U.S. an opportunity to work collaboratively in “Real World” and virtual “In World” environments as engineers and scientists. Teams were formed to solve two problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST): • Design a shield to keep the Webb telescope cold enough so it can detect infrared light from faint sources • Design a mirror assembly for the JWST to produce images that are sufficiently bright and sharp to look back in time to when galaxies were young. In addition to challenges related to JWST, students could also solve real world problems related to Robonaut 2 (R2). Three teams of OLC students competed in the Challenge this year: • One team called “Kepler” was selected winner for their design of a James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Sun Shield • A team called “Sunshielders” was selected as a JWST Finalist • Another team “Team Rocket” was selected as a R2 Finalist. The winning presentations for this year's Challenge have been posted on the RW/IN website at: Quotes from the OLC team members are included, identifying them as part of the INSPIRE OLC.
http://www.nasarealworldinworld.org/Winners.aspx
 

Summer of Innovation

Summer of Innovation Students -21st Century Community Learning Center conducts activities at the Virginia Air and Space Center
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POC:  Dollie M. McCown,
dollie.m.mccown@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
On July 17, 2012, Langley’s Summer of Innovation (SoI) interns Teniqua Underwood, Chayron Purnell, Dezerae Williams, Daniel Barker, Lauren Hudson and Jaquel Brown, from the Office of Education, OHCM facilitated two Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities with a group of 35 students from the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC), at the Virginia Air and Space Center (VASC), Hampton, VA. This group of students is part of the 200+ students who are part of the 21st CCLC collaboration with Langley’s 2012 SoI initiative. While at the VASC, the students were first introduced to the field of robotics. In the session of robotics the students learned how to operate and program mechanical “Beebots.” The “Beebots’ robotics” were to be programmed in order to complete a series of task effectively. During the Beebots’ activities, the 21st CCLC students were placed in a group of 12 and NASA Interns facilitating the activities. Upon leaving the Beebots’ robotics exhibits the SoI interns accompanied the students to the viewing of the Hubble Telescope, where they learned valuable information about its orbit and the missions to correct its lens. Immediately following the short viewing of the Hubble Telescope, the SoI Interns introduced and guided the 21st CCLC students to archeology. In the archeology exhibit, the students were to sift through five-million year old remains from a phosphorous mine in, N.C to experience a day in the life of an archeologist. The students recovered shark teeth, coral, phosphorous and crocodile teeth. The activities and visit came to a close after about 4 hours of excitement; the students were able to explore a number of areas relating to STEM through a guided tour of the Virginia Air and Space Center museum; as a result the students had become enriched in these fields through the diverse STEM curriculum. For additional information, please contact TreAsia Fields at treaasia c. fields@nasa.gov. or Dollie M. McCown at dollie.m.mccown@nasa.gov
 

Local 4-Hers Visit Stennis Space Center for Activities and a meeting with Leland Melvin
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POC:  Emma Seiler,
emma.e.seiler@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
On Monday, July 30, Stennis Space Center's Education Office hosted 4-H students from three counties. A total of 82 students and 35 mentors and adults participated in education activities and were able to learn about spaceflight through a presentation by Leland Melvin, astronaut and Education Associate Administrator. Activities included building and launching stomp rockets, building a biosphere, and building and testing magnetic levitation cars. The visit to SSC and the presentation by Mr. Melvin was part of the 4-H's Summer of Innovation experience.
 

Mars: Explore Your Curiosity
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POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 7/25, thirty-eight Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Winners Reaching Amazing Potential (WRAP) after-school programing providers representing 19 Long Beach schools attended a NASA/JPL Summer of Innovation training entitled "Mars: Explore Your Curiosity." Educators learned about the environment and geology of Mars, acquiring the skills they will need to guide their students in building a model of a Mars settlement for 100 people.
 

Hispanic Students involved in Summer of Innovation talk to Joe Acaba
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POC:  Ivelisse Gilman,
ivelisse.r.gilman@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
MD:  Exploration Systems
On Thursday, July 5, 2012, over 200 Richmond area Hispanic students had a unique opportunity to participate in a downlink with astronaut Joe Acaba currently stationed onboard the International Space Station. The downlink, which was hosted at the Science Museum of Virginia, was sponsored by NASA Langley as part of NASA¹s Summer of Innovation Program. The students participating in the downlink are also involved in NASA-inspired summer programs at schools in the Richmond area, including Hopewell City Schools, Richmond City Public Schools, and the Latino Education Advancement Program (LEAP) at Steward School. The students had an opportunity to ask questions which Astronaut Acaba answered in both English and Spanish for the bilingual audience. Other partners in the event included the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). NIA Senior Educator, Becky Jaramillo was responsible for the teacher workshops, the summer camps, and preparing the students for the downlink. After the downlink, students and visitors to the museum had opportunities to explore interactive NASA exhibits staffed by volunteers from the NASA Summer Residential Governor¹s School Program. NIA serves as the intermediary between NASA and the Virginia Department of Education for this program. Reporters from Univision, the Richmond Daily Dispatch, and Richmond Public Schools were on hand to record the event. As part of an ongoing partnership with Univision Communications, Inc., reporters from Univision interviewed students at the downlink and visited two of the NASA-inspired summer programs as part of a program about NASA's Summer of Innovation and its impact on Hispanic students. Besides immediate news coverage of the downlink, the extended program will be aired nationally later this summer. Richmond Times article: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/jul/06/tdmet02-latino-astronaut-inspires-local-students-ar-2037247/ Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce article: http://vahcc.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/pioneer-hispanic-astronaut-conducts-live-in-flight-in-space-video-downlink-with-virginia-students/
 

International Center for Education and Sports Informal Educators Attend NASA/JPL Summer of Innovation Explore Your Curiosity Training
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POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
August 10, Long Beach, Calif., Twenty-seven International Center for Education and Sports informal educators attended a NASA/JPL Summer of Innovation Explore Your Curiosity training. Educators learned about the environment and geology of Mars and received 30 hours of NASA educational activities with which to engage underserved and underrepresented students. After learning about Mars, students will design a tabletop model of a Mars settlement for 100 people.
 

National Awardees
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POC:  Denise Coleman,
denise.y.coleman@nasa.gov
Conducted a site visit to Los Angeles, CA, on August 9, reviewing classrooms at the following site: Foshay Learning Center, 50 4th-9th graders, 5 teachers -Led follow-up site visit phone calls with Indiana and Los Angeles with site PI’s and SoI Project Manager -Leading/conducting the monthly telecom with the National SoI Awardees on August 16, 2012, providing feedback and reviewing action items -Collecting and validating mid-term student/teacher participant data from the National Awardees, report due mid-September -Will be participating in a project review teleconference on August 23 on National Evaluation Report, given by ABT Associates and Dr. Patricia Shaffer.
 

Mars Robotics
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POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 8/13/2012, seventy excited students (and eleven informal educators), Norton Elementary School (San Bernardino 92401), studied Mars, imagined a Mars colony, and were very interested in the history of robotics on Mars. Questions that were asked included why we go there, what we hope to find, and when could they go! The future of robotics in exploration of all sorts intrigued and inspired students and educators alike!
 

Eagle Summer Reading Program
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POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 8/15/2012, five-hundred excited students and seventeen educators students at Estancia High School , Costa Mesa 92627 (SOI partner) were studying Mars, imaging a Mars colony, and were very interested in the history of robotics on Mars. Questions asked were why we go there, what we hope to find, and when could they go! The future of robotics in exploration of all sorts intrigued and inspired students and educators alike!
 

Mars Robotics on a Grade School Level
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POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 8/15/2012, seven informal educators and ninety students from Muscoy Elementary School in San Bernardino 92407, (SoI partner), were excited about studying Mars, imagined a Mars colony, and were very interested in the history of robotics on Mars. The children’s engagement and inspiration was shown by questions they asked such as why do we go there, what we hope to find, and when could they go! The future of robotics in exploration of all sorts intrigued and inspired students and educators alike!
 

History of Mars Robotics Studied
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POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 8/16/2012, one-hundred twenty excited students, seven informal educators and six parents from Inghram Elementary School (SoI partner), located in San Bernardino 92411, studied Mars, imagined a Mars colony, and were very interested in the history of robotics on Mars. Questions asked were why we go there, what we hope to find, and when could they go! The future of robotics in exploration of all sorts intrigued and inspired students and educators alike!
 

Imagining a Mars Colony
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POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
On 8/17/2012, ninety excited students, seven informal educators (Lincoln Elementary School, San Bernardino 92405, SoI partner), studied Mars, imagined a Mars colony, and were very interested in the history of robotics on Mars. Questions asked were why we go there, what we hope to find, and when could they go! The future of robotics in exploration of all sorts intrigued and inspired students and educators alike!
 

Miscellaneous

Teaching from Space -- FLL Team Visits JSC as Part of "Food for Thought" Project
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POC:  Randall Hicks,
randall.t.hicks@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Space Operations
On July 26 and 27, twenty-nine (29) students, parents and coaches from the “Blue Gear Ticks” FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team of Lincoln, Massachusetts, visited Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston. This trip, part of the Teaching from Space “Food for Thought” project, was awarded to the team for being the highest placing US competitor at the 2012 FLL World Festival. FLL is a robotics and technology competition where teams solve a research problem and build and program an autonomous robot to compete on a LEGO playing field. The FLL theme for 2011-2012 was “Food Factor,” where teams explored food safety. On July 26, the team toured the NASA Space Food Systems Laboratory, the Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory and the Microbiology Laboratory to learn how NASA scientists keep astronauts healthy in space. Students then met with astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Megan McArthur and Scott Tingle, and shared the FLL team’s experiences in conducting research and building and programming robots. The group finished the day with visits to NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) and the “Rock Yard” robot proving ground. On July 27, the team visited Space Center Houston, touring the historic Apollo-era mission control facilities, as well as JSC’s rocket park area.
http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/foodforthought.asp
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll
 

 

Higher Education

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

Goddard Hosts University of New Mexico Steckler Midterm Presentation
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POC:  Heather Ogletree,
heather.l.ogletree@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Goddard hosted the University of New Mexico (UNM) Steckler Midterm Presentation on Jul 31, from 10:30-12 p.m. EST. Over 60 interns, research scientists and engineers from around the center attended the presentation, and it was videotaped along with the tours of instrument labs that coincide with the research that UNM conducts, allowing the grantees to expand their partnerships and to leverage their research with other NASA research to include the VaPor Instrument Lab and CMIST lab.
 

NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition Video
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POC:  Gloria Murphy,
gloria.a.murphy@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition Video. On July 21, 2012 NASA Edge posted the Lunabotics Video Podcast onto the NASA Portal. As of August 1, 2012 the Lunabotics video podcast was up to 278,307 downloads & was the highest video download on the NASA portal for the month of July. The video podcast is an exciting summary of the 2012 NASA's Lunabotics Mining Competition & features interviews and video footage of KSC Center Director Bob Cabana, Lunabotics Head Judge Rob Mueller, NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies (D-RATS) Project Manager Joe Kosmo, Caterpillar Product Manager Mari Lou Balmer-Millar, Lunabotics teams, faculty advisors, & Lunabotics volunteers,. The video podcast is available at: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/nasaedge/NE00072112_39_Lunabotics_2012.html
 

Registration Open for NASA's 4th Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition
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POC:  Gloria Murphy,
gloria.a.murphy@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
NASA is challenging U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate student teams to design and build a telerobotic or autonomous excavator, called a Lunabot, that could be used on the moon. The Lunabot must be able to mine and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant in 10 minutes. The scoring for the Mining Category requires teams to consider a number of design and operation factors such as dust tolerance and projection, communications, vehicle mass, energy/power required and autonomy. Design teams must include one faculty advisor from a college or university and at least two undergraduate or graduate students. Universities may work in collaboration and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Selected teams will compete in the Lunabotics Mining Competition at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 20-24, 2013. Registration is limited to the first 50 approved teams. Registration is limited to one team per university campus. Internationally, registration is limited to 5 teams per country. Registration will end when NASA approves 50 applications. For more information, visit NASA’s Lunabotics Mining Competition on the Web at www.nasa.gov/lunabotics. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lunabotics; watch Lunabotics videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/Lunabotics; and follow Lunabotics on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nasalunabotics
 

Center Funded Programs

NASA MSFC Annual Intern Poster Expo
MSFC
POC:  Tina Haymaker,
tina.c.haymaker@nasa.gov
The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Academic Affairs Office, Higher Education Team hosted the annual Summer Student Intern Poster Expo on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Work from around MSFC was showcased in 116 posters presented by 136 students from the Higher Education summer programs. The event was sponsored by Lockheed and posters were judged by Marshall and Lockheed engineers and scientists. The MSFC Director addressed the students at the beginning of the awards ceremony, which followed the Expo. Prizes were awarded by Lockheed for the best posters in the categories of engineering, science, design and best poster by a team. Approximately 400 poster abstract books were distributed to students, mentors and other MSFC employees.
 

Undergraduate Scholars Attend “Mission Life-Cycle" Tour of JPL
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Thirteen community college students from the JPL Undergraduate Scholars (JPLUS) Program participated in a "Mission Life-Cycle" tour of JPL on Friday, July 27, 2012. The tour was highlighted by a talk, "Inventing Your Future," by Dr. William Whitney, former manager of JPL's Higher Education Group. The tour was one of several activities for JPLUS students designed to enable them to compete for fellowships at JPL or Caltech.
 

Pathways to Science
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
JPL was an invited guest at a one-hour graduate school info session webinar hosted by one of NASA OSSI’s broker-facilitators, the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) on July 25.. The webinar addressed topics such as the graduate school application process, how to initiate and develop a relationship with a graduate advisor, options for exploring financial support for graduate school and seeking out graduate research opportunities. Approximately 170 students were in attendance.
http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/webinars.asp#GradFunding
 

Pre-Service Teachers Attend Langley Engineering Camp
LRC
POC:  Kathleen C. Powell,
kathleen.c.powell@nasa.gov
Twenty-five (25) educators attending Langley’s (summer) 2012 PSTI (Pre-Service Teachers Institute) learned about engineering and how to use NASA (Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate) resources to integrate engineering and science into the K-8 curriculum. They did so by working with (teaching) 64 students who attended Engineering FYI: For Your Imagination, 2, 1-week, engineering camps for rising 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. Teachers were introduced to (1) engineering concepts, problem solving, and the engineering design process; (2) engineer careers and how engineers help shape the world; (3) critical thinking and leadership skills and team work; (4) hands-on and cooperative learning; and (5) what engineers and scientists do through presentations, demonstrations, and visits to NASA Langley laboratories. A goal of PSTI is to prepare educators to use NASA resources to integrate engineering and science into the K-8 curriculum. Both educators and students completed pre-test and post-tests as part of the overall evaluation of this professional development activity. Langley’s PSTI is funded by NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.
 

Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST)

MUST Symposium
KSC
POC:  Theresa Martinez,
theresa.c.martinez@nasa.gov
The MUST project is managed by Glenn Research Center, with assistance from Kennedy Space Center. MUST scholars are provided a NASA internship and a scholarship, which is renewable for up to 3 years. The MUST Symposium, which is an annual event, was held on July 19-21, 2012 at KSC and Orlando, FL. This event is conducted by the Hispanic College Fund (HCF), the grantee for MUST. The symposium focuses on 21st Century Leadership skills. Students participated in various leadership workshops, and also participated in a Career Pathways session, with representatives from NASA and key contractors. Russell Romanella presented "NASA Past, Present and Future" at the Debus Center. This year, the symposium was held in coordination with Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program. The Jenkins Fellows attended most MUST sessions, with several individual sessions.
 

National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)

National Community College Aerospace Scholars onsite event
JSC
POC:  Deborah Hutchings,
deborah.hutchings-1@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems
Participants will work as part of team of community college students from across the nation to create a technical proposal and design for a Martian Rover. Students also take part in engineering and scientific briefings and NASA tours, and are mentored by MSFC scientists and engineers. Workshop dates are October 23-25, 2012.
ncas.aerospacescholars.org
 

National Community College Aerospace Scholars Participate in Online Expert Chat Sessions
JSC
POC:  Deborah Hutchings,
deborah.hutchings-1@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems
National Community College Aerospace Scholars took part in online chat sessions with NASA JSC and JPL scientists and engineers, August 7 and 8, 2012. Six chats held over three days included topics such as: Curiosity Mission (NCAS alumni/current MSL intern speaking), Morpheus, Computer Engineering, Thermal Design, Space Suit, Life Support Engineering, ISS Medical Projects, NASA Education Opportunities. Students were able to ask questions about experts’ backgrounds, education, and job expertise. These chat sessions will prepare scholars for their onsite experience this fall. During their three day experience, students will work as part of team of community college students from across the nation to create a proposal for Martian Rover. Students also take part in engineering and scientific briefings and NASA tours, and work with ESMD scientists and engineers as mentors.
ncas.aerospacescholars.org
 

ISS National Lab Education Project

YouTube Spacelab Contest Update
JSC
POC:  Dr. Regina Blue,
Regina.B.Blue@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems, Space Operations
The HTV-3 carrying the SpaceLab experiments from the YouTube Spacelab contest successfully arrived at the ISS. The two experiments are scheduled to be shown via live streaming video on YouTube on September 13. Amr Mohamed, a student in Egypt, won in the 17-18 year-old category for his experiment, “Can you teach an old spider new tricks?” The purpose of the experiment is to determine if micro-gravity will have an impact on the hunting technique of Zebra spiders who usually jump on their prey instead of catching them in their web. Suni Williams transferred the two Zebra spiders to the ISS from the HTV and into the Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA.) Both spiders made it to space alive along with many fruit flies. Each of the spider habitats are being videoed for three hours at a time. The spider in the first habitat did not emerge from its transport compartment during the first three hours, though she is moving and healthy. This is not necessarily unexpected. The second spider is now under the video and Suni is hoping that she emerges from her transport container over the next three hours. Both habitats had plenty of fruit flies that entered the primary habitat for the spiders to eat. The other experiment from the YouTube Spacelab contest, “Could Alien Superbugs cure disease on earth?” was submitted by Dorothy Chen and Sara Ma of Troy, Michigan. Their experiment won in the 14-16 year-old category. They were inspired by studies that showed how bacteria grown in space returned more infectious than their counterparts on Earth. They sent bacteria to the space station to see if introducing different nutrients and compounds can block their growth. If their hypothesis is correct, they suggest further studies could give us new tools to fight germs on Earth.
 

Miscellaneous

New York City Research Initiative holds 10th Conference
GSFC
POC:  Frank Scalzo,
frank.scalzo-1@nasa.gov
On August 2, 2012 NASA GSFC's New York City Research Initiative ( http://education.gsfc.nasa.gov/nycri ) held its tenth annual final research conference at the City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY). The title of this conference was "CUNY Summer STEM Research Conference" and was held in collaboration with all the NYCRI partners: Remote Sensing of Earth Science an Technology (NOAA CREST), Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU), Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NSF LSAMP), Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Science (NASA CIPAR), USDE STEM Initiative and Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in Geosciences (NSF OEDG). A research team or individual researcher was selected from each agency to give an oral presentation and each research team or researcher gave a power point presentation. Remarks to students and faculty members were offered by: Dr. Louisa Koch (NOAA), Dr. Somnia Feigenbaum (USDE), Dr. Mary Lee Ledbetter (NSF), Dr. Lenell Allen (NASA CIPAIR) and the plenary speaker was Dr. Leland Melvin, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education.
 

University RockSat-X Launch at Wallops Flight Facility
GSFC
POC:  Joyce Winterton,
joyce.l.winterton@nasa.gov
Wallops Flight will launch a Terrier-Improved Malemute suborbital sounding rocket carrying university student developed experiments on August 23 from the agency’s launch range at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Based on the approved range schedule, the launch window is between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. The backup launch days are August 24 and 25. Four university experiments will be flown as part of an educational project called RockSat-X, which is designed to provide students hands-on experience in designing, fabricating, testing and conducting experiments for space flight. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. The selected experiments for this year’s RockSat-X launch are from Baylor University, University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Puerto Rico and Virginia Tech. The experiments will fly on a two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute rocket to a projected altitude of 98 miles. After the 15-minute flight, the payload carrying the experiments will land via a parachute in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 66 miles off the coast of Virginia. The 875-pound payload will be recovered for re-use and experiment analysis. The RockSat-X participants have previous experience in the Wallops RockOn! and RockSat-C workshops. RockSat-X is the next level of complexity in the progression that provides university experiments full access to the space environment by ejecting the skin, which allows for ejectables and deployables. These opportunities provide a great basis for capstone projects or extracurricular programs.
http://www.ustream.com/channel/nasa-wallops
http://www.Twitter.com/NASA_Wallops
https://www.facebook.com/NASAWFF
 

University of South FL Summer of Research Students Tour
KSC
POC:  Rose Austin,
rose.m.austin@nasa.gov
On July 25, Higher Ed hosted a tour and panel discussion for 53 USF College of Engineering 2012 Summer of Research Program students in conjunction with the Florida Space Grant Consortium. Physics, Energy Alternative Engineers, Environmental Engineers and Computer Science Engineers conducted a panel discussion and briefing about what their jobs entail.
 

JPFP Alumna Receives NASA Early Career Faculty Award
ARC
POC:  Maricela Varma,
maricela.p.varma@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Michele Manuel, Harriett Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP) alumna, was selected to receive a NASA Space Technology Research Opportunity for Early Career Faculty. Ms. Manuel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She was one of 10 faculty selected to receive the award. One of the reviewers commented on how the close relationship Ms. Manuel developed with NASA during her fellowship will aid her in the execution of the proposed research.
http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?utm_content=api&pid=38159&utm_medium=srs.gs-twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_campaign
 

Stennis End-of-Summer Space Grant and USRP Internship Presentations
SSC
POC:  Nancy Bordelon,
nancy.h.bordelon@nasa.gov
On July 19, July 26, and August 9, 2012, end-of-program presentations were conducted by recipients of Space Grant and Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) summer internships at Stennis Space Center. The Mississippi Space Grant recipient was from Mississippi State University; the Mississippi Space Grant Community College Faculty Fellowship recipient was from Pearl River Community College; and the two Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) recipients were from Southeastern Louisiana University and the University of Alabama. All internships were mentored by NASA and contractor engineers supporting the Engineering and Test Directorate. These internships support STEM education and provide experience for STEM careers with NASA.
 

 

Informal Education

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

Marshall Space Flight Center Presents NASA's BEST Students at Sci-Quest
MSFC
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
Marshall’s Academic Affairs Office in the Office of Human Capital and Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center in Huntsville, Ala., will collaborate in presenting a NASA’s BEST (Beginning Engineering, Science, and Technology) Students workshop to formal, informal, and home-school educators on September 13, 2012. This workshop is designed to present science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts to the K-8 educator with an introduction to the Engineering Design Process (EDP). Participants will describe and implement the EDP; develop skills and confidence with hands-on engineering concepts; design, assemble, and experiment with lunar rover design; and receive training and resources to integrate hands-on engineering into the formal, informal, and home-school classroom.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/best/
 

Center Funded Programs

Workshop showcasing "Jewel of the Solar System" Afterschool Guide Presentied at 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer Institute
JPL
POC:  Trisha Steltzner,
trisha.d.steltzner@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Science
On August 1, 50 site coordinators and activity leaders of 21st Century Community Learning Center grantees attended a workshop on the "Jewel of the Solar System" afterschool activity guide, led by Leslie Lowes of the JPL Education Office and consultant Maura Rountree-Brown. This was a popular portion of NASA's overall presence at the 21st CCLC Summer Institute, where STEM was featured as major strand. Leland Melvin was a keynote speaker, several Summer of Innovation awardees were part of the STEM showcase in the exhibit hall, and several NASA OST workshops were featured.
 

SSA's Podcast is About Curiosity Landing on Mars
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
The July 30 podcast for the International Year of Astronomy's continuing initiative, "365 Days of Astronomy," Solar System Ambassador Tony Rice of North Carolina discussed the Curiosity rover's impending August 4 landing on Mars. During the podcast, Rice takes listeners through the landing steps, known as "Seven Minutes of Terror" and encourages everyone to join their friends and neighbors to celebrate this historic event.
http://365daysofastronomy.org/2012/07/30/july-30th-7-minutes-of-terror-entry-descent-and-landing-of-the-mars-curiosity-rover/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Tony_Rice.htm
 

SSA Encourages Girls in NY and NJ to Consider Careers at NASA
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On July 26 and 27, Solar System Ambassador Laura Venner of New Jersey conducted events in New Jersey and New York targeted at inspiring girls into considering careers with NASA. Venner's July 26 event was held at the Buehler Challenger & Science Center in Paramus for 53 girls. Her July 27 event was held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York for the Girls 2012 Space Youth Conference. The audience there included 59 girls. The Buehler Challenger Center is a NASA Museum Alliance member.
http://www.bcsc.org/
http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Education/Camps/Camp-G-O-A-L-S-.aspx
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Laura_Venner.htm
 

Mars is the Focus of this Week's SSA Events
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
As the Curiosity rover rapidly approaches its destination, Mars has been the favorite topic in Solar System Ambassador events this week: Beate Czogalla of Georgia wrote an article for the Milledgeville Union Recorder entitled "Seven Minutes of Terror;" Tony Rice of North Carolina addressed 30 people at the Cary Public Library with a talk entitled, "Dream Big on Mars;" Tom Estill of Maryland assisted with the "Explore Mars" event at the NASA/Goddard Visitor Center which drew in more than 450 people; and Lee Bentzley of Florida had 30 people attend his talk, "Curiosity to Mars" at the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast.
http://unionrecorder.com/columns/x44817201/Seven-Minutes-of-Terror
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Lee_Bentzley.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Beate_Czogalla.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Tony_Rice.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Thomas_Estill.htm
 

SSA Discusses The Universe with High School Students
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On July 27, Solar System Ambassador James Kovac of Illinois addressed 25 high school students who are part of Elmhurst College's Mathematics and Science Academy summer program on the topic of "The Universe -- Galaxies, Nebulas, and the Dark Side." Said Kovac, "This is a summer program for juniors and seniors from area high schools organized to give students an intensive two-week experience at the college level, with the students staying on campus. This was the third consecutive year that I presented to the students in this program. By the level of interest demonstrated by the many good questions asked, it was clear that the students were intrigued with the immensity of the distances to neighboring stars and galaxies."
http://public.elmhurst.edu/summeracademy/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/James_Kovac.htm
 

SSA Volunteers at University of Arizona Summer Science Saturday
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On July 28, Solar System Ambassador Loretta McKibben assisted with the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory's "Summer Science Saturday" event in Tucson. More than 600 people attended. Said McKibben, "This event was organized by LPL and featured scientist speakers, hands-on educational activities for kids, and displays on the MSL Curiosity rover, Volunteers from LPL, NOAO, and the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association manned the kids' activities. I helped with a hands-on cratering activity for kids, took photos of the event, and answered questions about solar system missions and exploration."
http://tucsoncitizen.com/community/2012/07/23/summer-science-saturday-on-july-28/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Loretta_McKibben.htm
 

SSA and Central Valley Astronomers Host Star Party
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On July 27, Solar System Ambasssador Steve Harness and members of the Central Valley Astronomers, a NASA Night Sky Network club, hosted a star party at a local shopping center in Fresno, California. More than 300 people stopped by to catch a look through their telescopes. Said Harness, "The Central Valley Astronomers have monthly star parties and sidewalk astronomy events. This was the largest gathering of people on a Saturday evening that we've ever had."
http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/club-view.cfm?Club_ID=1141
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Steve_Harness.htm
 

SSAs and SSEPs Host Mars and Curiosity Landing Events Across The Country
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Over the past week, 41 Solar System Ambassadors and 5 Solar System Educators reported conducting 56 Mars Curiosity events in 21 states and Puerto Rico reaching 12,824 people directly. States represented were: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Several of these events had local media coverage which included 8 newspapers, 6 television stations and 8 radio stations. The event in Wisconsin, hosted by John Heasley, was held afterhours at the Quality Liquid Feeds store in the rural town of Dodgeville. Heasley reported, “We had telescopes outside to view Mars and a TV tuned to the NASA channel. I ran ‘Eyes on the Solar System’ on my computer. When Curiosity landed, we all went wild.”
www.ctnewsjunkie.com
http://wral.com
http://unionrecorder.com/columns/x44817201/Seven-Minutes-of-Terror
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54642378-78/mars-curiosity-nasa-week.html.csp
http://moreheadplanetarium.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=news_item&id=670
 

SSEPs Conduct Curiosity Rover Educator Workshops on August 4
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 4, 7 Solar System Educators across the country conducted educator workshops entitled "Start School with Curiosity." The groups also incorporated the press conference from JPL into their programs. At 11 am PT, they connected with JPL via NASA's Digital Learning Network to hear guest speakers Rob Manning, Mars Project Engineer and Dr. Pan Conrad, SAM instrument Deputy Scientist talk about Curiosity's landing the the upcoming mission. There were 223 teachers participating. Lyle Tavernier of JPL coordinated the DLN production and NASA/Goddard DLN Coordinator gave a short presentation on how teachers could utilize the DLN in their classrooms. SSEPs participating were: Laura Venner of New Jersey, Sally Jean Jensen of New Hampshire, Ruth Ruud of Pennsylvania, Carol Lutsinger of Texas, Ken Brandt of North Carolina, Mike Ford of Kansas and Eileen Bradford of California. Said Lutsinger, "The teachers loved the materials and especially enjoyed hearing from Rob and Pan. It was a wonderful event!"
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=clutsinger1
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=kbrandt
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=lvenner
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=rruud
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=sjensen
 

SSEP Conducts "Start School With Curiosity" Workshop in North Carolina
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 11, Solar System Educator Ken Brandt conducted a workshop on Mars STEM educational products entitled "Start School With Curiosity." Said Brandt, "The workshop was held at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine for about 100 teachers from Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties -- three of the 'most rural' areas in the state."
http://www.mayland.edu/
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=kbrandt
 

SSA Shares Juno Mission With Georgia Teachers
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 8, Solar System Ambassador Jayma Koval of Georgia shared information about the Juno mission, JPL's Deep Space Network, the Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) educational program and the "Eyes on the Solar System" animation with nine teachers in Kennesaw. "This presentation was given to middle school teachers who teach either earth or physical science and high school astronomy teachers. I provided an overview of the missions as well as how the teachers could incorporate the products into their classrooms," said Koval.
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Jayma_Koval.htm
 

Curiosity Continues to be a Preferred Topic for SSA Events
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
Curiosity continues to be a preferred topic in Solar System Ambassador events this week. SSA Ken Kremer gave a public talk in Pennsylvania; Kathy Beauford addressed faculty at Taylor School of Technology in Louisiana; and Rich Manley addressed two Lions clubs in Northern California. they reached a total 88 people in these talks.
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Kenneth_Kremer.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Kathy_Beauford.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Richard_Manley.htm
 

SSAs Support Satellites in Education Conference in California
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 9, Solar System Ambassadors Craig Ihde and Bob Trout gave talks on NASA's space exploration efforts at the annual Satellites in Education conference that took place at Cal State, Los Angeles. More than 300 people attended Craig and Bob's lectures. "The group was especially interested in Voyager, MESSENGER, Mars rovers and Hubble," said Trout.
http://www.sated.org/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Craig_Ihde.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Robert_Trout.htm
 

SSEP Hosts Space Science Workshop for Michigan Teachers
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 16-17, Solar System Educator Anne Tapp hosted an educator workshop at Saginaw Valley State University entitled, "The Integration of Space Science into Your Curriculum." There were 104 teachers in attendance. "Pre- and in-service teachers explored the importance of integrating space science within their classroom curricula. Tips and lesson plans were given," said Tapp of the workshop.
http://www.svsu.edu/
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssep/directory-profile.cfm?Name=atapp
 

Mars Continues to be a Favorite Topic of SSA Events Nationwide
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
This week seven Solar System Ambassadors reported conducting events on the beginning of the Curiosity rover's mission at Mars, reaching a total of 832 people. These events were conducted in California (3), Georgia, Utah, Washington state and Hawaii. Additionally, Solar System Ambassadors Bea Czogalla in Georgia and Merle Hanley of Washington state wrote articles about Curiosity that were published in their local newspapers.
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Beate_Czogalla.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Merle_Hanley.htm
 

SSA's 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast Features NASA's Lunar Science Institute
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
The August 20 podcast for the continuing International Year of Astronomy initiative "365 Days of Astronomy" featured Solar System Ambassador Nancy Atkinson interviewing Dr. Yvonne Pendleton, Director of NASA's Lunar Science Institute. Dr. Pendleton gave an overview of the institute and spoke about its goal of better understanding Earth's closest neighbor.
http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Nancy_Atkinson.htm
 

SSA Presents Hubble Results to Illinois Library Audience
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 16, Solar System Ambassador Michelle Nichols addressed 63 people at the Schaumburg Township Library in Schaumburg, Illinois on the subject of "Through the Eyes of Hubble." Said Nichols of the experience, "A lady came up to me after the presentation and described herself as a "jaded middle school music teacher" who has been teaching for 30 years. She said that my presentation gave her new inspiration and ideas that will help her in the coming school year, as she is planning to present Holst's "The Planets," along with Hubble images of the planets. That was an amazing encounter. I know that we talk a lot about inspiring young people, but that's the first time I have been told that I inspired a teacher. I think that's just as important, and making connections between science and the arts is yet another way of promoting science and technology. I felt very humbled by that conversation."
http://schaumburglibrary.org/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Michelle_Nichols.htm
 

SSA is Guest Speaker at Almost Heaven Star Party in West Virginia
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
From August 17 through 21, Solar System Ambassador Dr. Harold Geller of Virginia was guest speaker at the "Almost Heaven Star Party" held at Spruce Knob, West Virginia. Geller's topics were astrobiology and the exploration of Mars. The weekend-long event organized by the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club at The Mountain Institute’s very dark site drew in more than 250 people.
http://www.ahsp.org/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Harold_Geller.htm
 

SSA Hits Milestone -- 1000 Events Conducted
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 26, Solar System Ambassador Patrick Wiggins of Utah was interviewed by KSTU-TV in Salt Lake City about the passing of astronaut Neil Armstrong. At the same time he was reflecting on the space exploration milestone Armstrong was part of in 1969, Wiggins hit his own milestone. This interview marked the 1,000 event he has conducted since becoming a Solar System Ambassadors in 2001. He is the only person in the history of the program to ever hit that mark. Wiggins, retired from the Hansen Planetarium where he was the director, has focused his life on sharing astronomy and space exploration with the people of Utah. In addition to his presentations, many of which take place at Bryce Canyon National Park, he is a regular contributor to local television, radio and newspapers in the area.
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Patrick_Wiggins.htm
 

SSA Conducts Star Party for Theatre-goers in Idaho
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 24-25, Solar System Ambassador Rhonda Weygandt conducted a star party for 150 actors and audience members at the Starlight Mountain Theater in Garden Valley, Idaho. Said Weygandt, "Starlight Mountain Theater is a local theater that produces and performs four Broadway shows per season, performing each one every week. It is an open stage theater in the mountains north of Boise. One of the actors is getting into astronomy and was cruising the NASA website and recognized me from being in the audience. So, Starlight Mountain Theater's Star Party has been born. It will probably become an annual event."
http://www.starlightmountaintheatre.com/default2.aspx
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Rhonda_Weygandt.htm
 

SSAs Give Presentations at Libraries Nationwide
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 25 and 27, Solar System Ambassadors gave talks at libraries in New York, Virginia and California. On August 25, Solar System Ambassador Jason Kendall addressed visitors to the New York Public Library in New York City on Curiosity's mission at Mars. On the same date, Rich Kagawa discussed NASA's outer planet missions at the Tustin Library in Tustin, California; and George Reynolds hosted "Science Saturday" at the Blackwater Regional Library in Carrollton, Virginia. On August 27, Reynolds discussed "Moonwatching" with visitors to the Princess Anne Area Library in Virginia Beach. The total attendance at all four events was 162.
http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/OC%20Public%20Libraries/Library%20Locator/Tustin
http://www.librarything.com/venue/23856/Virginia-Beach-Public-Libraries-Princess-Anne-Area-Library
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Rich_Kagawa.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Jason_Kendall.htm
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/George_Reynolds.htm
 

SSA Shared Mars in 3D in Alabama
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 21, Solar System Ambassador James Moore of Alabama showed Mars in 3D to 55 members of the Samford University/Birmingham Astronomical Society. "This was a presentation in 3D of different images from various Mars missions. The audience was provided glasses to view the presentation and take home. We discussed how mission planners use 3-D images of the Martian surface to plan activities for each Sol. I also directed them to the JPL image repository and the Mars Images app," said Moore.
http://www.facebook.com/UoBAstrosoc
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/James_Moore.htm
 

SSA in Georgia Shares Curiosity Mission at Two Schools
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 22, Solar System Ambassador Theo Ramakers of Georgia addressed 85 students at the Middle Ridge Elementary School. On August 27, his audience was 86 fourth-graders at East Newton Elementary School. Both schools are in Covington. The subject of both talks was Curiosity's mission on Mars. "We reviewed some of the challenges of the launch, and entry, descent and landing. I used video clips and real images from Curiosity to make the presentation better understandable for the students," said Ramakers.
http://www.newtoncountyschools.org/middleridge/
http://www.newtoncountyschools.org/east_newton/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Theo_Ramakers.htm
 

SSA Addresses Summer Students at Kopernick Observatory
JPL
POC:  Kay Ferrari,
Kay.A.Ferrari@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science
On August 25, Solar System Ambassador Joseph Skovira of New York addressed 40 middle school students who were participating in Kopernick Observatory's "Summer Science" program. "I participated in the final session for Kopernik's science class for Middle School Students. I discussed Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity, and Cassini," said Skovira. The Kopernick Observatory in Vestal is a NASA Museum Alliance member.
http://www.kopernik.org/
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/profiles/Joseph_Skovira.htm
 

Miscellaneous

Girl Scout Engineering Day at Busch Gardens
LRC
POC:  Ivelisse Gilman,
ivelisse.r.gilman@nasa.gov
Approximately 1800 Girl Scouts participated in the Girl Scout Engineering Day at Busch Gardens. Lesa Roe, LaRC's Center Director spoke to the girls and their families at the Globe theater which was filled to capacity. She talked about the future of the space program and the need for girls to go into STEM careers. Langley female engineers participated in demonstrations and hands on activities related to the missions and the technologies they work on.The event was a joint effort between NASA Langley, the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast and the Busch Gardens education office.
 

Mars Science Lab Landing Education and Outreach activities
LRC
POC:  Ivelisse Gilman,
ivelisse.r.gilman@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Thousands of people participated in the MSL landing events at Busch Gardens on Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5, 2012. Families and children had an opportunity to see the MSL Funky Physics presentation which highlights the physics of landing on Mars and presents the engineering challenges of entry, descent and landing in an entertaining and informative manner. The public also participated in hands-on educational activities presented by NASA educators and Aerospace Ambassadors, students interns who support informal education. The activities included a lava layering on the Gale Crater game and an engineering of landing on Mars hands-on activity. The booths were always packed with people who were made aware of this important overall mission and the that role Langley plays. There were 23,000 people at Busch Gardens on Friday during the time of the NASA events and 28,000 people on Saturday.
 

Mars Family Day and Mars Midnight Madness at the Virginia Air and Space Center.
LRC
POC:  Ivelisse Gilman,
ivelisse.r.gilman@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
Families and children participated in two MSL related events on August 4 and 5 at our Visitor Center. Approximately 650 people attended Mars Family Day at the VASC on Saturday. There were Mars STEM-related games for children and information on the Langley’s role in the mission. On Sunday night, NASA Engineer, Michelle Munk served as master of ceremonies at a packed IMAX theater event to view the NASA TV feed of the Mars landing. During the week, the VASC hosted several summer camps based on missions to Mars. The children were able to get free tickets to go to Busch Gardens to participate in NASA Exploration Days. The Mars presentations included a Funky Physics show on the physics of going to Mars and landing on the Red Planet.
 

Thousands Gather at Museums to Cheer Mars Landing
JPL
POC:  Anita Sohus,
anita.m.sohus@jpl.nasa.govm
MD:  Science
With audience attendance reports still coming in, over 70 Mars events were held at 55 Museum Alliance partner organizations between August 4 - 6 in 29 states plus Australia, France, New Zealand, Spain and the UK. Landing night events played to cheering overflow crowds. The Museum Alliance held weekly telecons in the spring and throughout July to prepare the museums' staff and share resources with them that they are using in their events and programs. A short high-resolution full-dome video of the Curiosity EDL trailer was distributed to planetariums around the world. Daily telecons continue this week with mission personnel sharing insights and answering questions from Museum Alliance partners, Solar System Ambassadors, Solar System Educators, and others.
http://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum
 

Professional Development by Subject Matter Experts
JPL
POC:  Anita Sohus,
anita.m.sohus@jpl.nasa.govm
MD:  Science
As of August 21, the Museum Alliance has presented 40 professional development sessions in FY12 with subject matter experts discussing a variety of NASA missions and research including Mars, Hubble, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Earth science, and the Radiation Belt Storm Probes. The sessions are shared with Museum Alliance, Solar System Ambassadors, Solar System Educators and other groups. Participants especially value direct and timely access to NASA's subject matter experts, so they are better prepared to work with students and the public.
http://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum
 

2012 Florida Library Summer Programs Complete
KSC
POC:  Liz Wise,
liz.wise@nasa.gov
The Informal Education Office has completed all outreach events for the 2012 Florida Libraries Summer Program. Informal education provided programs for 14 different Libraries at 10 different location. The Florida Libraries Summer Program themes were “Dream Big” (Preschool and Elementary) and “Own the Night” (Teens and Tweens). Educators gave many different presentations on Mars Tracking, Newton’s Third Law, Space Foods, NASA careers, and the Future of KSC. Students were given opportunities to engage in various hands-on activity. Audience: grades 6-12 Final attendees (825)
 

Camp Boggy Creek Workshop
KSC
POC:  Beth Smith,
beth.b.smith@nasa.gov
July 19, 2012 - The Informal Education Office along with Education Resource Center staff provided “Living in Space” presentation to disabled students along with hands-on activities, demonstrating Newton’s Laws. Camp Boggy Creek is located in Eustis Florida and offer week-long camp adventures to specific disabilities on designated weeks. KSC hosted students age 7-16 for a 2-hour session to increase their knowledge of the Space Program and encourage them to pursue STEM education. Audience: 37 attendees
 

KSC Curiosity Landing Overnight Adventure
KSC
POC:  Beth Smith,
beth.b.smith@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
On August 5-6, the KSC hosted 160 underserved and underrepresented students and 40 chaperones for the Curiosity Landing Overnight Adventure. These students were selected from several different NASA projects including the Summer of Innovation, NASA Explorer Schools, Polk County Schools, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H, etc. The Overnight Adventure began at the KSC Visitor's Complex with an Astronaut Encounter, dinner, and an IMAX movie and continued at the Apollo Saturn V facility for a night full of Mars-themed hands-on activities. Special Guest, Deputy Chief Technologist, Jim Adams gave an excellent educational brief of the landing and stayed with the students until 2:00am narrating the events as they occurred on NASA TV!
 

LEGO Build the Future Event
KSC
POC:  Beth Smith,
beth.b.smith@nasa.gov
August 2-5 was a Lego ‘Build the Future’ experience to celebrate the Curiosity Landing Activities. This event offered all guests of the Visitor Complex a free opportunity to use their imagination and then build their ideas using Lego bricks. Over 90 KSC volunteers gave of their time to inspire and assist in creating some fabulous space related items. This outreach activity interacted with over 2,000 guests. While Charlie Bolden was at KSC for Curiosity activities he stopped into the event and personally thanked the volunteers for all that they do to excite and strengthen the youth pursuit of STEM education.
 

Girl Scouts Citrus Council & West Central FL
KSC
POC:  Liz Wise,
liz.wise-1@nasa.gov
An Informal Education Outreach planning meeting with ERC educators, Girl Scouts of Citrus Council Project Managers and Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (WCF), Director of Programs & Collaborations was held on August 6, 2012. The Citrus Council focuses on grades 4-5 (Junior) and grades 6-8 (Cadet). In addition to Junior and Cadets, the WCFs also focus on grades K-5 (Daisies and Brownies). Collaboration with Girl Scouts continue with review their latest handbooks, leader guides, and journey , as we create a new list of NASA hands-on activities (NASA Girl Scout binder) to correlate with their new programs. The ERC educators will also add activities to correlate with NASA’s newest missions and with Girl Scouts skills that they may be working on so the scouts aren’t bound to badge-only activities.
 

Camp KSC G-whiz! Presentations
KSC
POC:  Beth Smith,
beth.b.smith@nasa.gov
June 15-August 10, 2012 - KSC Informal Education Office and Educators Resource Center provided science G-Whiz presentations to all Camp KSC participants each Friday during their final day of a week-long camp provided by DNC. The presentation covered Bernoulli’s principle and Newton’s Third Law of Motion as well as other amazing science presentations. Attendance: 710
 

Brevard County 4-H Back to Basics Seminar
KSC
POC:  Helen Kane,
helen.p.kane@nasa.gov
The Informal Education Office provided a STEM education table and “Learn & Spin” booth with science and math trivia questions. The Program theme was “Back to Basics”. NASA was 1 of 17 other participants which included Brevard County Library System, Brevard Recycling, Farmer’s Market, Credit Union, food, crafts, and wildlife/agriculture tables. Attendance: 86
 

Boy Scout Roundtable Event
KSC
POC:  David Macon,
david.c.macon@nasa.gov
Informal Education Office provided an education table to engage Scout Masters and Troop Committees with STEM education information and opportunities, as well as STEM-related activities for Riverside/Challenger Troops of 96 scouts on August 16.
 

NASA KSC Saturday Academy (Mims Boys & Girls Club)
KSC
POC:  Liz Wise,
liz.wise-1@nasa.gov
August 18 marked the 2011/2012 year-end Saturday Academy Program. The topic was “Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity”, and the students participated in a Scavenger Hunt in the KSC Visitor Complex Rocket Garden. The students were also engaged in an engineering challenge to design and construct planetary Lander.
 

4-H Agents KSC Site Visit
KSC
POC:  Helen Kane,
helen.p.kane@nasa.gov
The Informal Education Office met with 4-H representatives from surrounding counties and provided an overview presentation of NASA educational resources and opportunities on August 21. 4-H Agents also participated in a hands-on activity about water filtration, as well as a facility tour which included viewing of KSC solar panel grid.
 

Brevard County 4-H Open House Seminar
KSC
POC:  Helen Kane,
helen.p.kane@nasa.gov
The Informal Education Office will promote STEM education at the Brevard County 4-H Open House event on August 24, 2012 at the Brevard Extension Service Facility. This event targets 5-18 year olds & parents to participate and learn about 4-H and the programs offered throughout the County. NASA-KSC Informal Education will provide an Educational booth featuring Space Food demos, Mind Storm Lego Robot exhibit, STEM-related educational flyers, video display of NASA Spinoffs, and Straw rocket activities.
 

KSC StangSat Preliminary Design Review (PDR)
KSC
POC:  Grace Johnson,
grace.k.johnson@nasa.gov
The CUBES (Creating Understanding and Broadening Education through Satellites) pilot project is preparing to move forward to the next phase of the mission life cycle. The Merritt Island High School StangSat team will be presenting their PDR to a board of experienced NASA and industry professionals on August 28, 2012. The review will take place at KSC, in the Operations and Checkout (O&C) building. The CUBES pilot project was created to enable high school students to design, build, and potentially launch a CubeSat. The central goal of the project is to engage and retain students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with hands-on engineering experience.
 

KSC Partnership with Links, Inc.
KSC
POC:  Kristina Brink,
kristina.m.brink@nasa.gov
In late June, the KSC Education Office provided an educator workshop to Links Inc. members at their 38th National Assembly in Orlando, FL. Links Inc. is one of the Nation's oldest and largest volunteer service organizations consisting of 12,000 professional women of color (http://www.linksinc.org/about.shtml) and at the National Assembly, ten chapters were awarded grants from Chevron to engage 50 students each in NASA STEM content. KSC continues to support this effort and is offering grantees a AESP kickoff webinar on August 30th to introduce them to the NASA webpage and NASA content. Links Inc. grantees will then work with AES'ers in their regions to select activities and train their support staff.
 

NASAs Portal Content Management System 'Bake-Off'
KSC
POC:  Rob Cannon,
rob.cannon@nasa.gov
Rob Cannon will be participating in the evaluation of the final six content management system (CMS) tools that will be replacing the current portal infrastructure during the week of August 27th. Phase I will have the participants completing three use-cases using six different content management tools. All participants in the CMS Bake-Off will be participating in a 1-2 hour WebEx training session to learn about each of the tools and what will be expected of them in the evaluation. The participants will also be providing input into the Phase II use cases. Phase II will be more in-depth, but will only involve testing out three different tools and the time commitment will depend on the final number of use cases that are selected for the Phase.
 

Tom Joyner Morning Show Family Reunion
KSC
POC:  Beth Smith,
beth.b.smith@nasa.gov
KSC Informal Education Office will participate in partnership with Glenn Research Center to provide educational tables during the Expo on August 29 through September 2 in Orlando. NASA will be hosting an education information booth, Journey to Tomorrow trailer, Astronaut signing, photo-booth, hands-on activities, Spaceman & EVA mascots, and learn and spin opportunities. Estimated attendance: 40,000
 

Wallops Visitor Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
GSFC
POC:  April Black,
april.black@nasa.gov
The 30th anniversary celebration of the NASA Visitor Center at the Wallops Flight Facility was held on Saturday, July 28.The NASA Visitor Center opened In July 1982 and has hosted more than 1.4 million visitors, providing an insight to the research conducted at Wallops and throughout the nation’s space agency. During the anniversary event there were special presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day including a Toddler Story Time, Puppet Show, Flying High Presentation and kite construction activity and Wallops History presentation. Also, throughout the day a solar telescope will be available for viewing our nearest star and there will be other craft activities for the kids. Over 400 people attended the anniversary celebration.
http://www.nasa.gov/wallops
 

Wallops Visitor Center Curiosity Event
GSFC
POC:  April Black,
april.black@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
The Wallops Visitor Center provided a preview of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission on August 4 and 5. The landing of the Curiosity rover to the surface of the Red Planet was highlighted. A preview of the historic mission was presented by geology and earth science education major from Va. Tech University and summer intern at the Visitor Center and the Wallops Advanced Projects Office. The presentations were followed by the video “Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror.” Telescopes were available Sunday evening for viewing Mars shortly after sunset and other celestial objects. The Visitor Center’s Science on a Sphere also provided a view of Mars as if it is floating in the center of the room.
http://sites.wff.nasa.gov/vc
http:///www.nasa.gov/msl
 

Visitor Center Presentation on the Hurricane and Severe Sentinel (HS3) Airborne Science Mission
GSFC
POC:  Joyce Winterton,
joyce.l.winterton@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
A presentation was given on August 14 at the Wallops Visitor Center on NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel Study (HS3) which is a multi-year airborne field campaign funded under NASA's Earth Venture program. HS3's goals are to improve understanding of the atmospheric processes that play a critical role in the formation and intensification of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean basin. HS3 will use two of NASA's unmanned high-altitude, long-endurance Global Hawk aircraft. One aircraft will sample the environment of storms while the other will measure inner-core (eyewall and rainband) winds and precipitation. The presentation will be given by Marilyn Vasques, HS3 project manager from the NASA Ames Research Center in California.
http://www.nasa.gov/wallops
http://www.nasa.gov/hs3
 

Youth Exploring Science - Summertime Science Astronomy Activities
MSFC
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
The Saint Louis Science Center (SLSC), a Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Summer of Innovation (SoI) collaborator, engaged 74 4th – 9th grade learners from the St. Louis, MO area in 42 hours of NASA SoI science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content through the Youth Exploring Science – Summertime Science Astronomy Activities camp. SLSC further collaborated with Girls, Inc. to bring this summer experience to underserved and underrepresented populations from June 18 – July 31, 2012. Learners created scale models of the solar system, participated in Destination Mars, built rockets, and participated in On the Moon Engineering Design Challenges during their camp experience.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/summer/home/index.html
 

The Fort Payne City Schools Summer of Innovation Science Camp
MSFC
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
Fort Payne City Schools, a Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Summer of Innovation (SoI) collaborator, engaged 37 4th – 6th grade learners from the Northeast Alabama area in 32 hours of NASA SoI science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content through the Fort Payne City Schools Summer of Innovation Science Camp. Fort Payne further collaborated with Jacksonville State University, Little River Canyon Field School, and the Alabama Department of Education to bring this summer experience to underserved and underrepresented populations from June 18 – June 29, 2012. Learners participated in NASA engineering design challenges and learned about aeronautics, properties of matter, gravity, and forces and motion throughout their camp experience.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/summer/home/index.html
 

 

eEducation

 
Center Funded Programs

Educator Resource Center (ERC) Provides Support at North Point Education Service Center (NPESC) Fall Administrator’s Retreat
GRC
POC:  Monica Boyd,
Monica.L.Boyd@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
On August 2, 2012, the ERC Coordinator at Glenn provided support by staffing a NASA education table at the North Point Education Service Center (NPESC) Fall Administrator’s Retreat in Sandusky, Ohio. Approximately 150 administrators were in attendance, including superintendents, principals, and curriculum directors. Numerous morning and afternoon breakout sessions took place on various educational topics. While staffing, the Coordinator distributed packets and answered participants’ questions on education programs. The packets were prepared in advance by the Coordinator and contained various NASA resource materials and information.
 

MESA Program, University of California Riverside, Cal.
JPL
POC:  Paula.S.Partida,
Paula.S.Partida@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
July 27, 2012 the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Educator Resource Center Coordinator presented to 25 educators in the MESA program (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Acheivement) at the University of California, Riverside, California. These educators teach at middle and high schools throughout Riverside county, the MESA classes are held during school to encourage students to excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. These educators learned of JPL’s missions and educational resources available in math and science on-line and through the NASA/JPL Educator Resource Center in Pomona.
 

Exploring Mars Workshop, JPL ERC Pomona, CA
JPL
POC:  Paula.S.Partida,
Paula.S.Partida@jpl.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
August 18, 2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Educator Resource Center Coordinator and Aerospace Education Services Program specialist hosted an Exploring Mars Workshop at the JPL Educator Resource Center in Pomona, CA. Twenty-five formal and informal educators attended in the workshop. Educators participated in Mars activities in focusing on similarities and differences in Mars geology, and learn how landscapes evolved by comparing Earth and Mars images. Educators also experience a presentation by Lyle Tavernier the Digital Learning Network at JPL, they learned about NASA’s DLN program and how their schools can connect as well.
 

American Geological Institute and Mars
JSC
POC:  Elaine Lapka,
evelyn.e.lapka@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
JSC's Educator Resource Center again supported the annual Earth System Science workshop sponsored by American Geological Institute on August 6. The K-12 teacher group received education briefs, lithos, posters, and a CD with lessons and web links to complement this year's Mars and water themes. They also surfed along with a presentation demonstrating how to search for education resources and to access NASA apps and interactives.
 

LE&RN About NASA MSL EVENT AT POCONO RACEWAY
LRC
POC:  Bob Starr,
robert.m.starr@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education
MD:  Exploration Systems
During the upcoming NASCAR race event at Pocono Raceway, NASA’s Learning Environments & Research Networks (LE&RN) Rockets to Racecars (R2R) education program will provide the public an opportunity to explore science, technology, education and math (STEM) and learn about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover mission to Mars. The event will be held Aug. 3-5 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. “Pocono Raceway has opened its doors to share facilities and resources to make NASA’s participation possible,” said Bonnie Murray, NASA education specialist. “The ability to bring information about this exciting NASA mission to the fans, and to provide children and families attending the event with fun and educational activities is a checkered flag win for everyone involved.” During the event, families can go to the Kids Zone from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m to see a model of the MSL, a tire from the Curiosity rover and to test their skills at landing successfully on Mars. They will also learn about the science of flight and racing at NASA’s R2R exhibit, and meet Robonaut, the first robotic astronaut assistant. - more - - 2 - Prior to the event, there will be a teacher professional development workshop at the raceway where participants will hear from Murray, JPL Digital Learning Coordinator Lyle Tavernier, and NASA planetary scientist Dr. Heidi Hammel. Teachers will learn about NASA resources including the R2R STEM education program, the MSL mission to Mars, and the NASA Engineering design challenge, “Touchdown Challenge”. ”. Also featured during the webcast will be an important announcement from NASA’s Digital Badging Team about its brand new Curiosity Digital Badges (http://www.StarliteBadges.com). Teachers will participate in the NASAR2R social media event that will coincide with the NASA multicenter MSL Social occurring on the same day.
http://dln.nasa.gov
 

Curiosity Digital Badges Revealed
LRC
POC:  Bob Starr,
robert.m.starr@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems
When the Curiosity Rover lands on Mars on August 5th, 2012, web surfers will have a chance to earn the first Starlite Digital Badge developed in partnership with NASA. By interacting with a brand-new type of 3D content, visitors will have a chance to join in the excitement by testing out a game that mimics some of the exciting new rover’s capabilities. Try out Curiosity’s ‘ChemCam’ laser, or drill for water. It’s envisioned that this kind of interactive, space-themed content, in conjunction with an official digital badge, will set a precedent for the way we learn and share. Earlier this year, Khal Shariff, CEO of Project Whitecard, Dr. Meri Cummings of the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University, and Dr. Bob Starr of NASA presented to a “Badges for Lifelong Learning” jury at the California Academy of Sciences in competition to develop digital badges for mastering NASA and science content. This is part of a new Mozilla system that tracks digital “badges” that recognize life’s achievements. By emphasizing advanced interactivity with robotics, science, technology, engineering and math, the team took one of the top prizes and the new Curiosity Rover Challenge Badge will be the first example of this collaboration. A digital badge is a relatively new idea. It’s an ‘official’ image file, that contains all the hidden information about that achievement and who won it. The badge can then be shared and posted online. Specifically, the Starlite Digital Badges team will “use Mozilla’s new free and open source ‘Open Badges’ software to issue, manage and display digital badges for learning across the Web.” To see the new Curiosity badge in action on August 4th, please visit: http://www.StarliteBadges.com
http://www.StarliteBadges.com
 

ePDN Instructor participated in LEGO Innovation Summit
LRC
POC:  Kristen Anderson,
kristen.anderson@pe.gatech.edu
NASA Electronic Portfolio Development Network (ePDN) Robotics instructor, Jeff Rosen, was a panelist at the Innovation in Learning Summit, hosted by LEGO® Education on July 27th in Kansas City, MO.   This event was "designed to bring together like-minded leaders and partners in education to discuss and explore how hands-on education can bring success to every student and shape the next generation of creative problem solvers. " During the panelist session the ePDN portfolio was discussed as an excellent method for teacher professional development and collaboration across the country.
 

Rockets To Racecars brings MSL event to Pocono Raceway
LRC
POC:  Bonnie Murray,
bonnie.murray@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Rockets to Racecars (R2R), a NASA Learning Environments & Research Networks (LE&RN) education program, teamed up with Pocono Raceway during a recent NASCAR event to provide over 85,000 race fans in attendance an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to learn about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and upcoming landing of the Curiosity Rover mission to Mars. The event was held on Aug. 3-5 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Race fans watched NASA’s 7 Minutes of Terror video clip on the Sprint Fan View screen, and had the opportunity to interact with NASA hands-on activities in the Kids Zone from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day throughout the weekend. Families visiting the Kids Zone got to see a model of MSL, touch a tire from the Curiosity rover, and test their skills at attempting a successful landing on Mars. They also learned about the science of flight & racing at NASA’s R2R exhibit. Additionally fans had the opportunity to meet Robonaut, the first robotic astronaut assistant, and learn about his work aboard the ISS. On Thursday, prior to the event, a teacher professional development workshop was broadcast from the raceway via NASA’s Digital Learning Network (DLN). Presenters included R2R Program manager Bonnie Murray, JPL Digital Learning Coordinator Lyle Tavernier, and NASA planetary scientist Dr. Heidi Hammel. Teachers learned about NASA resources including the R2R STEM education program, the MSL mission to Mars, and the NASA engineering design challenge, “Touchdown Challenge”. Also featured during the webcast was an important announcement from NASA’s Digital Badging Team about its brand new Curiosity Digital Badge. The NASA events at Pocono Raceway were featured in a local news article in the Express-Times News, and on the local TV news, WNEP16 Good Morning Show, on Friday; Aug. 3rd. Additional MSL activities are planned as part of R2R activation at Richmond International Raceway in early September.
http://www.nasa.gov/r2r
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/
 

New Self Directed Course on Robotics Being Developed
LRC
POC:  Kristen Anderson,
kristen.anderson@pe.gatech.edu
NASA Electronic Professional Development Network(ePDN) Robotics instructor, Jeff Rosen, is developing a new Self Directed Course (SDC) on Robotics due to high demand. This course will be an extension of the current ePDN Robotics facilitated courses and will be based on creating data logging using the LEGO Mindstorms NXT base kit.
 

Georgia Tech receives NSF grant AMP-IT-UP with ePDN instructors
LRC
POC:  Kristen Anderson,
kristen.anderson@pe.gatech.edu
Georgia Tech, in collaboration with the Griffin-Spalding County School System, was awarded a $7.3 million NSF Math/Science Partnership grant entitled Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Integrated to Unlock Potential (AMP-IT-UP). The 5-year project begins October 1, 2012 and will design, implement and evaluate an array of advanced manufacturing-focused experiential learning programs design to make explicit the inherent science and mathematics. The aim is to increase student engagement and interest in STEM, develop 21st Century Skills, and improve science and math achievement.   The following NASA Electronic Professional Development Network (ePDN) staff are part of AMP-IT-UP: Marion Usselman (co-PI), Meltem Alemdar (co-PI), Jeff Rosen (co-PI), Mike Ryan, Storm Robinson, Sabrina Grossman, Doug Edwards, and Tony Docal. The Principal Investigator is William Wepfer, Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Connections to the ePDN will be actively pursued.
 

NASA Educational Technology Services (NETS)

New Educational Product on NASA.gov
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
charmein.e.johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
One NASA educational product description page was added to the For Educators section of NASA.gov. Students identify the effects of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth using the Bag of Bones activity. Additionally, the Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research and Education Experience (INSPIRE) program brochure and education project description page was updated as well as the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems Water Filtration Challenge Educator Guide.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Bag_of_Bones_Activity.html
 

NASA Explorer Schools Website
MSFC
POC:  Sandra May,
sandra.b.may@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Members of the NASA Educational Technology Services worked closely with representatives from the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project and eTouch Systems to complete the Virtual Campus website improvements such as improved navigation and searching capabilities, new functionality that will allow teachers to save items to their portfolio and a new look for the home page. The website improvements were deployed on July 27, 2012. Post launch housekeeping actions are expected to be completed within the coming days.
 

New and Updated Education Articles on NASA.gov
MSFC
POC:  Kathy Forsythe,
kathy.r.forsythe@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
NASA Educational Technology Services posted and updated the following features in the education sections on NASA.gov regarding the death of Sally Ride:

Title: NASA Education Mourns Death of Sally Ride -- To the NASA Education Family, Sally Ride was more than the first American woman in space: She was a champion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasa-ed-mourns-sally-ride.html

Title: Who Was Sally Ride? -- Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly in space. She was the founder of Sally Ride Science and the Sally Ride Science Festivals.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/who-was-sally-ride-k4.html

Title: Who Was Sally Ride? -- Sally Ride was the first American woman to fly in space. She was the founder of Sally Ride Science and the Sally Ride Science Festivals.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/who-was-sally-ride-58.html

 

New Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics on Station Videos
MSFC
POC:  Jeff Cobb,
Jeff.a.cobb@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Eight new videos were added to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) on Station video collections. This video series recently debuted as a part of the Teach Station site from the Teaching From Space office. STEM on Station highlights videos of astronauts on the International Space Station demonstrating concepts related to STEM.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation
 

NASA Students On Facebook
MSFC
POC:  Heather Deiss,
heather.s.deiss@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The NASA Students Facebook page has 5,318 likes as of August 1, 2012. This is an increase of 678 likes from last month. The student Facebook page is updated daily, excluding weekends and holidays, broadcasting information regarding competitions, feature articles, podcasts, videos, and more. Information is also posted to update students on those competitions or opportunities that have an upcoming deadline date.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/NASA-Students-at-wwwnasagov/176813089042984?v=wall
 

NASA Student Rocket Activity Notice Dissemination
MSFC
POC:  Flint Wild,
flint.wild@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
NASA Educational Technology Services posted the following statement issued by the NASA Office of Education addressing the failure of a rocket launcher activity in the NASA Rockets Educator Guide. The statement was posted on the NASA education websites and NASA education blogs listed below. It was also sent to the NASA Express Listserv on July 30, 2012:

NASA RECOMMENDS DISCONTINUATION OF STUDENT ROCKET ACTIVITY
Recently, an air pressurized paper rocket launcher being used by an educator failed. This launcher is described in NASA's Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90. NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum. Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. The point of contact for additional information is James Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Integration at nasaedpartners@nasa.gov. We request that your organization assist NASA in disseminating this information as widely as possible throughout the education community.
 

NASA Educational Technology Services Monthly Metrics – July 2012
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
Charmein.E.Johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The total page views for the educational sections of NASA.gov for July 2012 were 2,149,763. This is a 21% decrease from the previous month and a 60% decrease from July 2011. The four main educational sections accounted for the following percentages of the total: Office of Education at 14%, Kids' Club at 28%, For Students at 21%, and For Educators at 37%.
NETS July 2012 Metrics
Website
Page Views
Office of Education 303,366
Kids 609,996
Students 444,555
Educators 791,846
CORE 72,239
Emails Moderated -- 248
Comments Moderated - 147

 

Top 10 PDF Downloads for July 2012
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
Charmein.E.Johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Title of Product
Number of Downloads
Microgravity.Teachers.Guide.pdf
39,185
Rockets_Water_Rocket_Launcher.pdf
1,977
Temperature_of_Space.pdf
1,547
Planetary.Geology.pdf
1,210
Exploring.The.Moon.pdf
1,052
Rockets_Water_Rocket_Construction.pdf
1,010
Jamestown/Survival.pdf
1,005
Space.Shuttle.Glider.pdf
925
Rockets_History.pdf
851
Is.There.Water.on.Mars.pdf
778

http://www.nasa.gov/education/materials
 

New Educational Products on NASA.gov
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
Charmein.E.Johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Three NASA educational product description pages were added to the For Educators section of NASA.gov. The downloadable bookmarks promote NASA's Microgravity Education, Rocketry Education, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) on Station education websites.
Microgravity Square Bookmark
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Microgravity_Square.html
Rocketry Bookmark
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Rocketry_Bookmark.html
STEM on Station Bookmark
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/STEMStation_Bookmark.html
 

NASA Education Website Project Descriptions
MSFC
POC:  Sandra May,
Sandra.B.May@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Members of the NASA Educational Technology Services team created a new project description for the NASA Pathways Programs. This federal program replaces the NASA Cooperative Education, Student Career Experience, and Student Temporary Employment projects. The Pathways Programs are designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. The existing project/program description pages were redirected to the NASA Pathways Programs Website.
 

NASA Kids’ Club
MSFC
POC:  Charmein Johnson,
Charmein.E.Johnson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Members of NASA Educational Technology Services modified both versions (Flash and text) of the NASA Kids' Club Picture Show. An additional set of five new images were added to the feature and published on Aug. 14, 2012.
http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub
 

New and Updated Education Articles on NASA.gov
MSFC
POC:  Kathy Forsythe,
Kathy.R.Forsythe@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
NASA Educational Technology Services posted the following feature in the education sections on NASA.gov:
Title: Making NASA History -- "Making NASA History" introduces a video of the same name that highlights key moments in the history of the American space program. NASA History Office interns Joseph Meyer and Jessica Brodsky combined historical footage, photographs, and audio files to create the video.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/haveyouseen/58-making-nasa-history-dd.html
 

Do-It-Yourself Podcast
MSFC
POC:  Denise Miller,
denise.miller@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) module, Recycling, is live. The module includes 23 video clips and 16 audio clips for students and teachers to create podcast episodes about the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and how astronauts recycle in space. Sound bites include clips from Monsi Roman, a microbiologist who worked on ECLSS from its inception. Clips also include footage from the Expedition 19 crew who were the first to drink recycled water from the ECLSS on station. Animations and other footage will allow teachers and students to compare the way ECLSS recycles water and air on station with Earth’s water and carbon cycles.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/index.html
 

Do-It-Yourself Podcast Blog
MSFC
POC:  Denise Miller,
denise.miller@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
To announce the release of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Podcast module, Recycling, NASA Educational Technology Services posted a new entry to the DIY Podcast Blog on August 23, 2012. The post, “Recycling: The New Do-It-Yourself Podcast Module," describes the resources of the module, the NASA experts, and the type of media found in the module.
http://wiki.nasa.gov/cm/blog/diyPodcastBlog
 

Digital Learning Network (NES)

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Learning Network week of July 23, 2012
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Learning Network week of July 23, 2012 event numbers are as follows; Completed Events: 5, reaching, Educators - 9, Parents - 6, VIPs - 0, K_4 Students - 7, 5_8 Students - 70, and 9_12 Students – 0 for a total of 92 participants. Program requests for this week were; NASA DLN Virtual Visits – 2, JPL Special Event: MSL overview – 2, The Moon – 1. States requesting events; Minnesota – 4, Kansas – 1.
 

DLN included in Presidential report
LRC
POC:  Caryn Long,
caryn.long@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Space Operations
In an April 2012 published White House report: Keeping America's Women Moving Forward: The Key to an Economy Built to Last, NASA's Digital Learning Network was mentioned as having contributed to the President's initiative to promote STEM activities to females. The DLN is featured on page 53.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/email-files/womens_report_final_for_print.pdf
 

DLN releases a new module thanks to intern
LRC
POC:  Caryn Long,
caryn.long@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Space Operations
August 4, 2012 - NASA's Digital Learning Network hosted a diverse group of interns this summer that accomplished many objectives including the creation of a new middle/high school math module focused on Algebraic concepts. The module, Pulsar Algebra, teaches students about neutron stars, pulsars, and the Crab Nebula. Students develop an algebraic function pertaining to the Crab Nebula's pulsar in slope-intercept form, then graph and evaluate the function. The William and Mary intern that is part of the Noyce Scholar program officially released her module to the DLN catalog on Friday, August 4. The module helps to add to the mathematics offerings that the DLN currently has with a focus on upper grade concentrations. Multiple DLN Education Specialists contributed to this new module by providing guidance and suggestions for shaping the module's final copy. The module is truly a team effort.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/events/PulAlg.html
 

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Learning Network week of August 30 Update
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Learning Network week of August 30, 2012 event numbers are as follows; Completed Events 4, reaching, Educators - 69, Parents - 0, VIPs - 0, K_4 Students - 45, 5_8 Students - 20, and 9_12 Students - 0 for a total of 134 participants. Program requests for this week were; NASA DLN Virtual Visits – 1, Our Magnificent Sun – 1, JPL Special Event: MSL Touchdown Challenge - 1. States requesting events; STATE – VA – 2, PA – 1.
 

NASA's Digital Learning Network Inspires "Curiosity" in Boy Scouts at Space Jamboree 6
JSC
POC:  Michael Hare,
michael.w.hare@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems, Space Operations
The Digital Learning Network conducted a special interactive educational event on Saturday, August 4th for the 6th Annual Space Jamboree Convention at the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, IL. Approximately 400 boy scouts, troop leaders, and parents actively participated in a live educational video conference with an education specialist to talk about missions to Mars and specifically the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rover's landing on the surface. Videos, still images, and a special 3-D visualization tool were used to excite and educate the students about the newest robotic mission to the red planet.
 

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Learning Network week of August 6, 2012
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Learning Network week of August 6, 2012 event numbers are as follows; Completed Events: 2 reaching, Educators - 94, Parents - 19, VIPs - 3, K_4 Students - 34, 5_8 Students - 132, and 9_12 Students - 0 for a total of 282 participants. Program requests for this week were; Celebrate Curiosity special event and webcast - 2 . States requesting events; AZ – 1, CA – 1, MT – 1, SD – 1, VA – 1,
 

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Learning Network week of August 13, 2012
JPL
POC:  Mary Kay Kuehn,
mary.k.kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Digital Learning Network week of August 13, 2012 event numbers are as follows; Completed Events 3, reaching, Educators - 53, Parents - 47, VIPs - 0, K_4 Students - 43, 5_8 Students - 56, and 9_12 Students – 14 for a total of 213 participants. Program requests for this week were; NASA DLN Virtual Visits – 2, DLN Overview and Program Showcase. States requesting events; MA – 1, CA – 1, VA – 1.
 

Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

Destination ImagiNation presents: NASA's Summer of Innovation!
MSFC
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education, Under-Represented
Destination ImagiNation (DI), a Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Summer of Innovation (SoI) collaborator, engaged 60 4th – 9th grade learners from the Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery Village in Knoxville, Tenn., in 33 hours of NASA SoI science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content. DI further collaborated with the University of Tennessee Conferences and Non-Credit Programs to bring this summer experience to one of Knoxville’s underserved areas from May 30 – June 8, 2012. Learners participated in activities focusing on aeronautics, engineering design challenges, design process, rocketry, robotics, and earth/moon systems.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/summer/home/index.html.
 

Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory's "Teaching Telescopes"
MSFC
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory, a Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Summer of Innovation (SoI) collaborator, engaged 73 5th – 8th grade learners from the Nashville, Tenn., area in 30 hours of NASA SoI science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content with Teaching Telescopes: Reaching for the Stars with STEM. Dyer Observatory further collaborated with the Metro Nashville Public Schools to bring this summer experience to underserved and underrepresented populations from June 18 – June 29, 2012. Learners were introduced to multiple STEM disciplines as teams of students and teachers managed a project requiring the selection of a telescope optical design, celestial objects for research, a suitable observation site, and evaluation of enclosure options for their instrument. In addition to telescope design, learners were also engaged in engineering design, propulsion systems, and rocketry.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/summer/home/index.html
 

Sci-Quest's Cool Careers Summer Workshops
MSFC
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education, Under-Represented
Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center, a Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Summer of Innovation (SoI) collaborator, engaged 251 4th – 8th grade learners from the Huntsville, Ala., area in 30 hours of NASA SoI science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content through Sci-Quest’s Cool Careers Summer Workshops. Sci-Quest further collaborated with the Harvest Youth Club, Huntsville Housing Authority, Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama, CARE Center, Village of Promise, University Place Elementary School, Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Summit Crossing, Girls, Inc., Richard Showers Center, and Huntsville/Madison County Public Libraries to bring this summer experience to underserved and underrepresented populations from June 4 – July 27, 2012. Learners participated in robotics programming using NXT Mindstorms robot kits and NASA engineering design challenges throughout their week-long camps.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/summer/home/index.html
 

 

Under-Represented

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

NASA Day at UTEP
JSC
POC:  Misti Moore & Diego Roriguez,
diego.f.rodriguez@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education
This event will inspire, excite, and engage undergraduate and graduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups, in the study of aerospace and energy engineering. Also to build a sustainable research capacity and infrastructure at UTEP in aerospace and energy engineering. Keynote speaker for the event will be NASA HQ Chief Technologist Officer, Dr. Mason Peck.
 

JSC MUREP Attends Asian ERG Sponsored Event
JSC
POC:  Sharon Griffin,
sharon.v.griffin@nasa.gov
On behalf of the Education Office, JSC MUREP personnel attended the Asian Employee Resource Group (ERG) and LA Diversity and Inclusion Team, along with sponsors from Procurement and IRD, sponsored presentation titled, Turning Diversity into Strengths, by Dr. Aya Kamed, on July 20, 2012. Dr. Kameda focused on how employees can build upon their collaboration efforts by learning how to communicate, as well as work with diverse culture and having the ability to achieve great success. After the event, JSC MUREP personnel meet with chair committee members to acquire information out how to get involved in the Asian ERG and to offer the Education Office’s services to the JSC community through the Asian ERG.
 

JSC MUREP Collaboration With NCAS and the Nebraska Space Grant Consortium
JSC
POC:  Diego Rodriguez,
diego.f.rodriguez@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
NASA Nebraska Pilot Career Exploration Workshop (NPCEW). The pilot program is a collaboration between the Office of Education; Higher Ed, MUREP and NCAS held August 8-10, 2012. The pilot program will brought 7 students to JSC for 3 days. The students will be funded by the Nebraska Space Grant and will be planning a Mission to Mars, shadow mentors and experience a tour of JSC. The goal of this pilot program is to expose the students to NASA and what NASA is currently working on and to get students interested in STEM as well as highlighting the importance of networking. Most importantly the goal is to inspire the students to stay in school and graduate. After the completion of this pilot program, we will have a feedback session to find out if this is a program that students are interested in having at their respective universities. One of the main objectives is to duplicate this program in different states to reach out to community colleges and all MSIs. The cost of this program will be strictly covered by Space Grant Consortiums and we hope to duplicate this program in many states as possible.
 

Marshall Center Holds Pre-Service Teacher Institute
MSFC
POC:  Marilyn H. Lewis,
marilyn.h.lewis@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Space Operations
Marshall Space Flight Center engaged fourteen pre-service teachers from six universities in two weeks of hands-on training in the use of NASA curriculum resources July 14-27. This year's Pre-Service Teacher Institute included participation in a modified Space Academy for Educators at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Participants simulated space missions and engaged in problem-solving sessions on such topics as space environment life support systems, ablative shielding, and crew exploration vehicle design. Additional sessions included a Do-It-Yourself Podcast workshop provided by members of the NASA Educational Technology Services team. The future educators successfully created audio and video podcast episodes using the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Podcast Rocket Science and Space Station modules. Students were trained in the use of the NASA's Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum and in the use of a variety of teaching strategies provided by Aerospace Education Services Project specialists. The participants developed and taught engineering design lessons to middle school students in a Summer of Innovation science, technology, engineering, and mathematics camp held in collaboration with Sci-quest Hands-on-Science Museum.
http://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/diypodcast/index/.html
 

Marshall Space Flight Center Presents Pre-Service Teacher Workshop in Chattanooga
MSFC
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Marshall Space Flight Center’s Academic Affairs Office will conduct a Pre-Service Teacher Workshop (PSTW) on Friday, September 28, 2012, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in Chattanooga, Tenn., from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Elementary and Middle School education majors from UTC are invited to explore the educational materials and opportunities developed by NASA to engage students and their teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The one-day workshop will provide pre-service teachers with hands-on, inquiry-based methods for teaching STEM standards in the classroom or informal education setting. Presentations will include activities/lessons from authentic NASA-related, mission-based research and development materials and will consist of a hands-on workshop presented by an Aerospace Education Services Professional; Easy Ways to Access NASA Education Resources; Pre-Service Teacher Institute: An Introduction and Overview; and NASA’s BEST Students. Students enrolled in a pre-school through eighth grade educational training program may attend free of charge. Registration ends September 19, 2012. For additional information, please contact Amy McDowell at 256.544.8411 or amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.
 

Marshall Space Flight Center Presents Pre-Service Teacher Workshop at Miles College
MSFC
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Marshall Space Flight Center’s Academic Affairs Office will conduct a Pre-Service Teacher Workshop (PSTW) on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Miles College in Fairfield, Ala., from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Elementary and Middle School education majors from Miles College are invited to explore the educational materials and opportunities developed by NASA to engage students and their teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The one-day workshop will provide pre-service teachers with hands-on, inquiry-based methods for teaching STEM standards in the classroom or informal education setting. Presentations will include activities/lessons from authentic NASA-related, mission-based research and development materials and will consist of a hands-on workshop presented by an Aerospace Education Services Professional; Easy Ways to Access NASA Education Resources; Pre-Service Teacher Institute: An Introduction and Overview; and On the Moon: Engineering Design Challenges. Students enrolled in a pre-school through eighth grade educational training program may attend free of charge. Registration ends September 12, 2012. For additional information, please contact Amy McDowell at 256.544.8411 or amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.
 

University Research Centers - OMUs

Three University Research Centers Students Have Posters Presented at Dryden Flight Research Center
DFRC
POC:  Tyra Wheeler-Zubia,
tyra.wheeler-zubia@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Space Operations
Three students attending NASA University Research Centers (URC) institutions presented posters on Thursday, August 1, 2012 at the Dryden/AERO Institute Student Poster Presentation. The event was hosted by the Education Office at Dryden Flight Research Center. Graduate Intern Francisco Pena, a student and participant with California State University Los Angeles’s Structures, Propulsion, and Control Engineering (SPACE) URC, presented his research in fiber optic wing shape sensing. His fellow classmate, graduate intern Jessica Alvarenga-Veyna, who also conducted research in fiber optics, contributed to the poster development. Both students completed their internship under the mentorship of Dryden employee Dr. Lance Richards Gregory Morales also completed a graduate internship at Dryden via the Aerospace Education Research Operations (AERO) Associates Program hosted by the AERO Institute. He is a student and participant with the California State University Long Beach Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies URC. His poster on his research in human factors research in unmanned aircraft systems was also presented during the poster session. His mentor for this summer was Mark Pestana who works in the Flight Crew Branch at Dryden. The poster session served as an opportunity for the students to practice their presentation skills while engaging in technical and non-technical communications with attendees. It also allowed employees and contractors at Dryden to learn about the various student research experiences throughout the summer, and, in return, may encourage professionals to provide opportunities for students, or identify possible individuals who may be a good fit for employment at Dryden in the future.
 

Astronaut Danny Olivas visits Aerospace Education Laboratory at University of Texas at El Paso’s URC
DFRC
POC:  Tyra Wheeler-Zubia,
tyra.wheeler-zubia@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Space Operations
On June 1st, 2012, University of Texas at El Paso reported that astronaut Danny Olivas recently visited their URC’s Aerospace Education Laboratory which is utilized for the project’s K-12 outreach and education. Danny Olivas was able to tour the URC laboratories and meet with participants of the URC program. Many of the students and teachers from the institution’s NASA Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) program were able to able to participate during Mr. Olivas visit. As a result, the URC is currently participating in discussions on how to create a ‘best team’ to do industry-academia research and product development.
 

Space Day at University of Texas at El Paso’s URC
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POC:  Tyra Wheeler-Zubia,
tyra.wheeler-zubia@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Space Operations
On July 17, 2012, the URC project at University of Texas at El Paso participated in Space Day at Insights El Paso Science Center which featured Astronaut Danny Olivas. There were about 2,000 people who attended which consisted of 800-900 youth. Individuals in attendance were able to learn about the experiences of the Astronaut growing up as a child in El Paso, Texas. Attendees were also able to learn about his career and accomplishments. This opportunity provided inspiration and motivation for students to achieve their goals by hearing from someone they can identify with. It also provided exposure for young people to learn about the missions of NASA.
 

Annual Summer Intern Presentations at Howard Beltsville Campus
DFRC
POC:  Katherine Cooke-Mundle,
kmundle@Howard.edu
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Science
The URC at Howard University will be hosting their annual summer intern presentations at their off-site Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation campus on Friday, August 10, 2012. NASA Mentors and project affiliates are expected to attend this event. The students will be sharing their research with attendees. This experience will allow students to practice their presentation skills and allow for technical communications with NASA scientists.
 

California State University Long Beach’s URC Featured in Local News as Participants in Summer Engineer Program for Girls
DFRC
POC:  Thomas Strybel,
Thomas.Strybel@csulb.edu
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Space Operations
The California State University Long Beach’s Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies URC Project was featured on the ABC 7:00PM Local News on July 6, 2012. The program is sponsored by the institution’s Engineering Department and included participation from URC project staff and students. This year, there were 19 parent-daughter pairs, with one father-daughter duo. The program recruited 5th grade females from local schools with high numbers of underrepresented students, and provided participants with a three- day residential educational program focused on careers in engineering. The purpose of the program was to excite females about the field of engineering and to encourage female students to attend college.
 

Masters in Human Factors Psychology Program Receives Accreditation at California State University Long Beach
DFRC
POC:  Thomas Strybel,
Thomas.Strybel@csulb.edu
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Space Operations
The Human Factors Psychology Program at California State University, Long Beach recently obtained its accreditation by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for the period of June 2012 through June 2018. URC Project Director Dr. Thomas Strybel and Co-Director Dr. Kim Vu were instrumental in assisting the institution with obtaining this accreditation. This success will allow students graduating from the program to compete at a high level by having this credential when seeking employment and applying to doctoral programs.
 

URC Management Office Intern Kaitlin Wright Participates in Dryden/AERO Student Poster Presentation
DFRC
POC:  Tyra Wheeler-Zubia,
tyra.wheeler-zubia@nasa.gov
The URC Management Office Intern Kaitlin Wright presented her work accomplishments from the summer at the Dryden/AERO Student Poster Presentation on Thursday, August 1, 2012 at Dryden Flight Research Center. Over the summer, Kaitlin was able to collect and compile URC student intern information for the project’s FY2012 summer intern booklet. In addition, Kaitlin was involved with creating the graphics and design of the booklet. During the poster presentation, Kaitlin discussed her experience with a variety of engineers and staff from the public relations office at Dryden. She also served as a contributor towards the implementation and facilitation of the event. Kaitlin received her internship at Dryden via the Aerospace Education Research Operations (AERO) Associates Program hosted by the AERO Institute. Her experience demonstrates that students in fields other than science can be successful contributors to NASA as she is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
 

September 6, 2012. NASA University Research Center (URC) for Space Exploration Technology Will Host Grand Opening at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Engineering
DFRC
POC:  Katrina Emery,
katrina.y.emery@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR) will hold a Grand Opening on September 6, 2012 at the University of Texas at El Paso, College of Engineering. The Center, established through a cooperative agreement with the NASA University Research Centers (URC) Project, conducts research and promotes education in propulsion and energy engineering. The Grand Opening will include a dedication ceremony for the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) aerospace educational laboratory (AEL). NASA’s Chief Technologist Dr. Mason Peck will keynote the Grand Opening program. Dr. Peck is NASA’s principal advisor and advocate for technology policy and programs. For more information regarding the Grand Opening of cSETR and SEMAA, please contact Ms. Katrina Emery, Director of Education at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at katrina.y.emery@nasa.gov.
http://http://engineering.utep.edu/announcement081512.htm
 

 

Upcoming Events

 
Mission-Directorate-Funded Programs

NASA Day at UTEP
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09/06/2012
POC:  Misti Moore & Diego Roriguez,
diego.f.rodriguez@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education
This event will inspire, excite, and engage undergraduate and graduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups, in the study of aerospace and energy engineering. Also to build a sustainable research capacity and infrastructure at UTEP in aerospace and energy engineering. Keynote speaker for the event will be NASA HQ Chief Technologist Officer, Dr. Mason Peck.
 

Marshall Space Flight Center Presents NASA's BEST Students at Sci-Quest
MSFC
09/13/2012
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
Marshall’s Academic Affairs Office in the Office of Human Capital and Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center in Huntsville, Ala., will collaborate in presenting a NASA’s BEST (Beginning Engineering, Science, and Technology) Students workshop to formal, informal, and home-school educators on September 13, 2012. This workshop is designed to present science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts to the K-8 educator with an introduction to the Engineering Design Process (EDP). Participants will describe and implement the EDP; develop skills and confidence with hands-on engineering concepts; design, assemble, and experiment with lunar rover design; and receive training and resources to integrate hands-on engineering into the formal, informal, and home-school classroom.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/best/
 

Marshall Space Flight Center Presents Pre-Service Teacher Workshop in Chattanooga
MSFC
09/28/2012
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Marshall Space Flight Center’s Academic Affairs Office will conduct a Pre-Service Teacher Workshop (PSTW) on Friday, September 28, 2012, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in Chattanooga, Tenn., from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Elementary and Middle School education majors from UTC are invited to explore the educational materials and opportunities developed by NASA to engage students and their teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The one-day workshop will provide pre-service teachers with hands-on, inquiry-based methods for teaching STEM standards in the classroom or informal education setting. Presentations will include activities/lessons from authentic NASA-related, mission-based research and development materials and will consist of a hands-on workshop presented by an Aerospace Education Services Professional; Easy Ways to Access NASA Education Resources; Pre-Service Teacher Institute: An Introduction and Overview; and NASA’s BEST Students. Students enrolled in a pre-school through eighth grade educational training program may attend free of charge. Registration ends September 19, 2012. For additional information, please contact Amy McDowell at 256.544.8411 or amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.
 

Marshall Space Flight Center Presents Pre-Service Teacher Workshop at Miles College
MSFC
09/20/2012
POC:  Amy McDowell,
amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Marshall Space Flight Center’s Academic Affairs Office will conduct a Pre-Service Teacher Workshop (PSTW) on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Miles College in Fairfield, Ala., from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Elementary and Middle School education majors from Miles College are invited to explore the educational materials and opportunities developed by NASA to engage students and their teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The one-day workshop will provide pre-service teachers with hands-on, inquiry-based methods for teaching STEM standards in the classroom or informal education setting. Presentations will include activities/lessons from authentic NASA-related, mission-based research and development materials and will consist of a hands-on workshop presented by an Aerospace Education Services Professional; Easy Ways to Access NASA Education Resources; Pre-Service Teacher Institute: An Introduction and Overview; and On the Moon: Engineering Design Challenges. Students enrolled in a pre-school through eighth grade educational training program may attend free of charge. Registration ends September 12, 2012. For additional information, please contact Amy McDowell at 256.544.8411 or amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.
 

Center Funded Programs

Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Airborne Science MIssion Teacher Workshop
GSFC
08/06/2012 - 08/10/2012
POC:  Linda Sherman,
linda.a.sherman@nasa.gov
MD:  Science
There will be 14 middle school teachers that will participate in a workshop at Wallops Flight Facility on the NASA Hurrican and Severe Storm Sentinel Study (HS3). The teachers will be able to include the information and future data in their weather and earth science units. The HS3 investigation is a multi-year airborne field campaign funded under NASA's Earth Venture program. HS3's goals are to improve understanding of the atmospheric processes that play a critical role in the formation and intensification of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean basin. HS3 will use two of NASA's unmanned high-altitude, long-endurance Global Hawk aircraft. One aircraft will sample the environment of storms while the other will measure inner-core (eyewall and rainband) winds and precipitation. The last 2-days of the workshop will focus on WETMAAP resources with additional participants from North Carolina.
http://www.nasa.gov/wallops
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/missions/hs3/news/hs3.html
 

Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP)

Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium and Wyoming Science Posse
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08/07/2012 - 08/10/2012
POC:  Tony Leavitt,
anthony.d.leavitt@nasa.gov
On August 7-10, NASA Ames education specialist with Aerospace Education Services Project will support the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium and the University of Wyoming Science Posse educator workshop. The NASA specialist will help facilitate 3 days of NASA education lessons and activities for up to 45 teachers expected from across Wyoming.
 

Education Flight Projects

Wattsburg Area School District Students to Contact ISS via Radio
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10/19/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
Wattsburg Area School District in Erie, Pennsylvania has been slated for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, October 19 at 16:11 UTC via telebridge station VK4KHZ in Australia. NASA astronaut Michael Fincke has been invited to attend the event. The contact will stimulate interest and participation in extracurricular activities including the Robotics Club, Astronomy Club, Amateur Radio Club, Science Olympiad Team and others.
 

ARISS Contact to be held with Nava De Abajo Students
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10/16/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CRA Pozohondo, Nava De Abajo (Pozohondo), Spain is preparing for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact to be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 09:26 UTC via telebridge station LU8YY in Argentina. Students are learning about astronomy, photography and radio communications among other topics. The ARISS contact will be one of the hands-on activities highlighting these subjects.
 

PACIFICON to Host ARISS Contact
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10/13/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact is planned for PACIFICON, Santa Clara, California on Saturday, October 13 at 18:57 UTC. Station IK1SLD in Italy will handle the radio hook-up. PACIFICON is the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Pacific Division annual convention which is hosted and organized by the Mount Diablo Amateur Radio Club (MDARC). PACIFICON 2012 will be held October 12-14 and will host the 2012 ARRL National Convention and Exposition. Over 2,500 amateur radio enthusiasts are expected to attend. The PACIFICON Youth Program provides STEM educational goals which will include hands on radio operation, electronics kit building and soldering classes, Ohm’s Law, orbital mathematics, CubeSat satellite design, and popular radio transmitter T-Hunts. The ARISS contact will be integrated into the Youth Program to demonstrate earth to space communications and to inspire youth attending the event to consider STEM-related careers.
 

East Falmouth Elementary School to Host ARISS Contact
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10/26/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
East Falmouth Elementary School, East Falmouth, Massachusetts will take part in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Friday, October 26 at 17:40 UTC. Using NASA resources, students are learning about the solar system, global climate changes on Earth and the advances in science and technology generated by space exploration.
 

Indiana Students Look Forward to ARISS Contact with ISS Astronaut
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10/30/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
Cumberland Elementary School, West Lafayette, Indiana has been slated for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) on Tuesday, October 30 at 17:35 UTC. The contact will be integrated into a curriculum covering topics on space research, robotics and engineering. Other activities planned include night sky observations, model rocketry and electrical circuit projects.
 

Swiss Students to Radio ISS
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11/02/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact will be held with Primarschule Aesch in Forch, Switzerland on Friday, November 2 at 13:47 UTC. The contact will complement a science curriculum covering astronomy and spaceflight.
 

ARISS Contact Slated for Luxembourg School
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10/08/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
St. George’s International School in Luxembourg has been slated for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Monday, October 8 at 10:47 UTC via telebridge station W6SRJ in California. Primary and secondary students will take part in the contact and related activities to learn about electricity, astronomy and physics. Satellite engineers will visit the school and give presentations to the children.
 

South Florida Science Museum Plans for ARISS Contact
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10/30/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education, Under-Represented
South Florida Science Museum (SFSM), West Palm Beach, Florida is slated for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, October 30 at 15:58 UTC. SFSM and the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Club, WPBARC, which maintains a radio station within the museum, will work with area teachers to provide educational content to students emphasizing NASA, the ISS and amateur radio. The primary target audience will be underserved, at-risk youth, ages 11-15.
 

ARISS Contact to be held with New York Students
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10/30/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
An Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact has been scheduled for Southern Tier Catholic and Archbishop Walsh Academy, Olean, New York on Tuesday, October 30 at 15:13 UTC. The contact is part of a comprehensive education plan which will involve students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)subject matter.
 

Cradle of Aviation Museum to Host ARISS Contact
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11/05/2012
POC:  Carol Jackson,
carol.m.jackson@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education
Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City, New York will participate in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Monday, November 5 at 14:18 UTC. The contact will be integrated into a science curriculum covering space exploration, radio communications and rocketry.
 

Astronauts Set to Talk with Students Live from the Space Station
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09/04/2012
POC:  Becky Kamas,
annamarie.r.kamas@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
Studenst in Cleveland, OH, will participate in a special Blast Back to School event held at WVIZ, the local PBS affiliate. The highlight of the event will be a live downlink with astronauts Joe Acaba and Suni Williams. Acaba and Williams are both currently serving as Flight Engineers aboard the International Space Station and will be answering student questions about living and working in space. Also featured in the program are Ray Lugo, Director of the Glenn Research Center and Astronaut Greg (Box) Johnson.
 

YouTube Space Lab Collimation to be aired live on YouTube
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09/13/2012
POC:  Trinesha Dixon,
trinesha.m.dixon@nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
On September 13, the collimation of the YouTube Space Lab competition will be aired live on the YouTube Space Lab channel. The forty-minute live program will begin with host Bill Nye interviewing the global winners and special guests via Google+ Hangout and feature the story of Space Lab told through videos since its launch in October 2011. The highlight of the program will be a NASA facilitated, live conversation with Astronaut Sunita Williams and the student designers of the winning experiments.
http://www.youtube.com/user/spacelab
 

University Research Centers - OMUs

Annual Summer Intern Presentations at Howard Beltsville Campus
DFRC
08/10/2012
POC:  Katherine Cooke-Mundle,
kmundle@Howard.edu
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Science
The URC at Howard University will be hosting their annual summer intern presentations at their off-site Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation campus on Friday, August 10, 2012. NASA Mentors and project affiliates are expected to attend this event. The students will be sharing their research with attendees. This experience will allow students to practice their presentation skills and allow for technical communications with NASA scientists.
 

September 6, 2012. NASA University Research Center (URC) for Space Exploration Technology Will Host Grand Opening at the University of Texas at El Paso College of Engineering
DFRC
09/06/2012
POC:  Katrina Emery,
katrina.y.emery@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR) will hold a Grand Opening on September 6, 2012 at the University of Texas at El Paso, College of Engineering. The Center, established through a cooperative agreement with the NASA University Research Centers (URC) Project, conducts research and promotes education in propulsion and energy engineering. The Grand Opening will include a dedication ceremony for the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) aerospace educational laboratory (AEL). NASA’s Chief Technologist Dr. Mason Peck will keynote the Grand Opening program. Dr. Peck is NASA’s principal advisor and advocate for technology policy and programs. For more information regarding the Grand Opening of cSETR and SEMAA, please contact Ms. Katrina Emery, Director of Education at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at katrina.y.emery@nasa.gov.
http://http://engineering.utep.edu/announcement081512.htm
 

National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)

National Community College Aerospace Scholars onsite event
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10/23/2012 - 10/25/2012
POC:  Deborah Hutchings,
deborah.hutchings-1@nasa.gov
CC:  Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems
Participants will work as part of team of community college students from across the nation to create a technical proposal and design for a Martian Rover. Students also take part in engineering and scientific briefings and NASA tours, and are mentored by MSFC scientists and engineers. Workshop dates are October 23-25, 2012.
ncas.aerospacescholars.org
 

 
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